Not satisfied with Rule 110
- the first Turing Complete cellular automata (as proven by Matthew Cook), Wolfram Mathematics has announced a system that is “Making the world computable..."
A combination of natural language recognition, data description and computational language, the goal is to allow a person to define what they want, not how to get it and manipulate it. Wolfram describes the process as follows: "A human defines what the goal should be, and a computer does its best to figure out what that means, and does its best to do it..." Of course, the rest is left as an exercise for the reader...
is about to go live
. Wolfram Alpha is an answer engine
which may just change the way we think
about search results.
Stephen Wolfram discusses Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine
- at the same time Google Adds Search to Public Data
: "Nobody really paid attention to the two hour snorecast
" -- like a cross between designing for big data
and a glossary of game theory terms
-- on Wolfram|Alpha
is being lifted
nonetheless: "[on] a platonic search engine, unearthing eternal truths that may never have been written down before," cf
(and in other startup news
...) [via] [more inside]
Could Wolfram Research's (creator of Mathematica
be the future of web search technology? [more inside]
World of Science
contains budding encyclopedias of astronomy
, scientific biography
, and physics
. This resource has been assembled over more than a decade by internet encyclopedist Eric Weisstein
with assistance from the internet community. MeFi visited Weisstein's Mathworld
a couple years ago.
integration capabilities, available over the web. Other online resources from Wolfram include Tones
, an automatic music generator, and the venerable Mathworld
, an extensive collection of math terms and theorems. (which, yes, has been mentioned previously.)
The servers are alive with the sound of music.
Wolfram Tones takes patterns found out in the computer universe and converts them to completely original musical scores (which still may sound familiar, weirdly enough). Visitors to the site can then tweak styles, instrumentation and pitch (Phyrigian hexatonic, anyone?). Compositions can be saved, e-mailed or downloaded to your cellphone. Via
Plants seem to do it! Does that mean we do three? [more here
has finished his book, "A New Kind of Science
," which purpotedly is being espoused as a paradigm shift in many fields. But, I'm starting to see a very reductionistic attitude in many of the main theorists of complextity theory and emergent phenomena. Is the idea that the Universe is in lines of code a phallus-extension/masculine overdriven idea? Isn't math a man made mapping and can the Universe be reduced to an equation by a man? Still this book is going to be groundbreaking. Read the following exceperpt from the wired.com
q: "I've got to ask you," I say. "How long do you envision this rule of the universe to be?"
w: "I'm guessing it's really very short."
q: "Like how long?"
w: "I don't know. In Mathematica, for example, perhaps three, four lines of code."
link via protofunk.org
, old similar thread
The End of equations? Paul Dirac
and Albert Einstein
thought equations were things of beauty
, Stephen Wolfram
, by contrast thinks they are antiquated.
MathWorld is back online.
And what a nightmare
the experience has been. (And still is? New entries now require filling out this permissions form
[article from Forbes.com] could become the world's greatest thinker, or the world's biggest fool. Could he be the next Einstein?