Wolfram Alpha, the much anticipated ‘search engine’ from the makers of Mathematica launched over the weekend. I knew from the moment I typed in ‘joshua gans’ that this was no ordinary search engine (there were no results!). It isn’t really a search engine but a tool. You can use it to find out statistics (including the readership of this blog), solve simple and complex mathematical equations, and things like that. I can imagine finding this very useful in my day to day work but that won’t be for everyone.
Anyhow, to really take off, whatever it does has got to become a verb. In our household, we adopted wolfing. My son asked if he could wolf ‘how large Australia is in square metres?’ This was the result.