Search has become to the World Wide Web what word processing was (and largely is) for desktop computing: the single most important application. Before the advent of the Web (and the proliferation of networking) the most common use for personal computers was word processing; the purchase of a PC was justified on the basis of just this one application (and, perhaps, spreadsheets, among the bean-counting set). Now nobody I know justifies buying a PC in order to do searches on the internet; rather, people are interested in email and in surfing the web. But you can't just 'go surf the web': you need a place to start. And that place invariably is the search box of a Search Engine.
Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.
- Dates & Times
- Money & Finance
- Units & Measures
- Places & Geography
Hunch is a new way to help people make all kinds of decisions, such as:
- Where should I go on vacation?
- What's the best US college for me?
- What kind of smartphone is right for me?
- Which museum should I visit in the Netherlands?
- What blog should I read?Results are based on the collective knowledge of Hunch's users. Hunch already has more than 2,500 possible topics, and Hunch users add new topics every day.
As long as it is something computable, if I understand your question, I can figure out the answer. And only I. I'm not going to let the riff-raff mess with my pure and elegantly computed knowledge. And any question I cannot answer isn't worth answering.
I'll ask everybody what the answer is and maybe they'll know. Please ask everybody to join in the fun and together we'll be able to answer all of everybody's questions. Maybe. Eventually.
Let me parachute you into my vast junkyard, somewhere in the vicinity of where I think you might find the answer to your question. Or not. And if you don't find it today, come in tomorrow. Or the day after. Keep coming, you might find something you like. Or look at everything differently, and maybe you'll find your answer in there someplace.