Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fun questions to ask Wolfram Alpha

If you haven't tried out Stephen Wolfram's delightfully clever answer engine yet, do so now. This cunning website tries to go one better than Google (!) by answering your questions, whatever they are, and laying it out systematically for you, with sources cited and/or calculations done step by step. Have a peep at the answers gallery to get an idea of what you can ask. As the name suggests, it's still something of a work in progress, so it still gets a bit lost sometimes. For instance, you can't ask it how to make a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, and it most certainly won't give you a recipe for Wow-Wow Sauce.

Fun questions with snappy answers:

- Are you Skynet?

- What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?

- Open the pod bay doors.

- To be or not to be?

- Who are you?

- Who am I?

- Who made you?

- Are you self-aware?

And of course...

- What is your name?

- What is your quest?

- What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen African swallow?

Try it. Have fun. If this thing takes off, coursework's gonna get a lot easier...

Update [9/6/09] - Some more, from Gizmodo:

- I love you.

- How many roads must a man walk down?

- Hello?

- Hello. How are you?

- I hate you.

- Are you a computer?

- Where are you?

- Hello world.

- How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?

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