It’s too early in the game to say whether or not Wolfram will be here for the long haul, but I have to admit that I can certainly see it being a valuable asset for the scientific and mathematical community, as it spits out complex equations and calculations as easy as spreading warm butter (but it still couldn’t tell me how fast “warp speed” is). However, since I don’t fit into that category (i.e. smart), I thought I’d give some insight into how it works for us “regular” joes.
First up: The Wheel of Fortune Test
Don’t you hate it when someone in the room beats you at guessing the words on WOF? I do. Looks like I’ll be using Wolfram quite a bit around 7pm est. daily.
Next: The Vampire Test
Sometimes you really, really need to get inside when you see that sun going down. Well, maybe not yet…but wait until there’s a global zombie outbreak or we get attacked by vampires. THEN you’ll be glad I told you about this.
Well, it’s not perfect, but I could always set a timer on my iphone.
Test 3: Music Searches
Wolfram has some great example searches in several different categories to get you started off right, including this one, for music theory:
…that IS actually pretty cool, and I especially like how it shows the actual notation and piano keys – but I would only use that when composing some vocal harmonies, like this one. But everyone knows that REAL musicians don’t ask “Excuse me Phil, could you tell me the notation for that D dominant eleventh chord?” – they say stuff like:
hey, hey, hey Wolfram. go baby go. get down wit your bad self.
In all seriousness, there is quite a lot to explore with this search engine, but with the coming release of Google Square, the future is still unknown.