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General Chat Thread, Search Engines getting ready to answer questions directly - Good or Bad? in General; Just been playing with WolframAlpha and it's cool!!! so much useless info - would be great for teachers of many ...
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    Just been playing with WolframAlpha and it's cool!!! so much useless info - would be great for teachers of many subjects

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Yes, but this is Stephen Wolfram we're talking about here, not some random marketing executive with no clue as to what computers are actually capable of - it should be interesting to see exactly what new innovation the search engine has actually come up with. I have a sneaky suspicion the engine might need some "training" consisting of a large number of asked questions before it starts returning reasonably coherent results, mind.

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    It has already been stated that it will involve lots of training, as it is a learning based system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAckroyd View Post
    Just been playing with WolframAlpha and it's cool!!! so much useless info - would be great for teachers of many subjects
    I'm not so interested in the encyclopaedic uses of it, but more interested in the natural language processing, and the way it can integrate with systems we all use.

    Imagine, SIMS.net. Crafting a report would be as easy as asking 'List all pupils with allergies to peanuts in Year 7 and sort into their class groups' or something... Compared to hours of careful designing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    It has already been stated that it will involve lots of training, as it is a learning based system.
    Great, now's your chance to make a bit of search-engine history - figure out how Wolfram does its learning and rig questions so they get the answer of your choice. This search engine was featured on the Today programme on the radio this morning, so I guess it must be ready to go. Who wants to take bets as to how soon "How is babby formed?" hist the top 10 searches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Great, now's your chance to make a bit of search-engine history - figure out how Wolfram does its learning and rig questions so they get the answer of your choice. This search engine was featured on the Today programme on the radio this morning, so I guess it must be ready to go. Who wants to take bets as to how soon "How is babby formed?" hist the top 10 searches?
    The learning involves their Mathematica language, which involves some human involvement if I recall correctly. So, at the moment, it shouldn't be possible to game the system. Also, in its current form, it isn't a dynamically growing database of information - new databases are added manually.

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