Wolfram Alpha is a really cool “computational knowledge engine” that a friend (Nat) showed to me.
Here is the demo video:
It is capable of pulling out information and analyzes it in different ways. It can produce graphs and make complex calculations, and a lot of other things if you watch the demo video. This brings me back to a post I wrote earlier about the impact that the Internet has had on knowledge, intelligence, and our minds, especially with the power and dominance of Google.
What is the role of such tools as the search engine or the “knowledge engine” that give us access to mounds of information that can be processed in an instant? It seems to be changing as new ways are invented to organize and find data.