Wolfing

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.

Suffice it to say, I quickly got interested in what sort of funny entries the programmers at Wolfram might have done. So I wolfed this, this, this and this. Enjoy.

5 thoughts on “Wolfing”

  1. Trying asking for the answer to “life the universe and everything’. These guys have a (geeky and scifi skewed)sense of humour too. If the system cannot answer (often because it is overloaded) you get the reply. “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that..”

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