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So pretty soon all our questions will be answered. What do we do then?

May 30, 2009

univac_550x438The folks at WolframAlpha (Wolfram gave us Mathematica) have developed a “computational knowledge engine.” It’s pretty spiffy, and apparently it will only get better and better. I asked it “What is the meaning of life?” and got back the appropriate Douglas Adams answer, “42.” I asked it “Why is there air?” and got back not only a scientific answer but a mention of the Bill Cosby comedy album, which was what I was hoping for. It’s not Google, it makes connections. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. You heard it here, though: this thing is gonna be huge.

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