Wolfram Alpha is like a cross between a research library, a graphing calculator, and a search engine. But does Wolfram Research’s “computational knowledge engine,” set to debut publicly later this month, live up to its hype as a Web site that Google needs to be afraid of?
Wolfram Alpha creator Stephen Wolfram on Tuesday gave a demo of the service to a crowd of online reporters. Few have access to the private test version of the service itself, but we got access Monday night. We found it compelling, if limited.