May 20, 2009

The Wolf, the Ram and the...Alpha?

I was pleased to discover that a new website was launched over the weekend based upon universe created by Joss Whedon*.

*It really isn't, but fans of Angel and Dollhouse will get that joke. - Earl

It is called WolframAlpha and it is a computational knowledge engine. I don't know what any of that means, but it sounds really cool.  Have any of the nerdlier of you nerds tried it out yet?  I know I've been playing with it for a couple of days.  Fascinating stuff for the inner geek in all of us.

It was launched on Friday, so one of the creepier searches/questions you can ask it is "How old are you?"  It will answer a specific number of days, down to 3 decimal points, from when it was launched/became aware. Or just simply say "hello" to it.  It will respond with a chilling "Hello, human".

:: shiver ::

Or ask it the meaning of life.  It will tell you.  The answer is 42, of course, but you knew that already.  Well, the nerdlier nerds amongst you knew that already.  Right, Slyde?

Perhaps the funniest/creepiest feature of WolframAlpha is the error message that it uses when it exceeds it's maximum test load.

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Resistance is futile.


Avitable said...

You got me all excited about a new Whedon site, fucker.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

This does not compute.

Verdant Earl said...

Avitable - I feel your pain. I couldn't believe it had nothing to do with Whedon either when I first saw the name.

2abes said...

slyde is the nerdiest of nerds? i thought he was the king of cool?

Michelle said...

I think we are all nerds and geeks and dorks in our own way!

This site is fun and exciting and different and I LIKE IT!!!!


Verdant Earl said...

Candy - oh are gonna break it!

Slyde - in his own head, maybe.

Michelle - geeks rule, girls drool. What?

sybil law said...

I played trivia! I know nothing about dinosaurs! Crap!
(Still - I did okay. I tried, anyway. I tried using my Latin skillz, but they suck. :)

Verdant Earl said...

Sybil - All those questions about the size of the dinos kinda bugged me. Who knows that crap?

Ookami Snow said...

It is a neat search engine, but (fortunately) it is still far away from Skynet.

Verdant Earl said...

Ookami - it all starts out small. Watch out for it once it starts to learn at an accelerated rate.

Jennifer and Sandi said...


Heff said...

I told it to "suck my penis".

The answer I got was the story of my life.....

"Wolfram|Alpha isn't sure what to do with your input."

Oh, the humanity.

Verdant Earl said...

Jenn - exactly!

Heff - your input...hehehe. ;)

Mrs. Hall said...

so is this thing like wikipedia only more streamlined?

and it knew a few drugs but not

frontal lobe



so yeah, i'm smarter than it for now

btw, can you publish your stuff an hour earlier so don't have to be a day behind on yourposts?

JEEZ THE NERVE OF SOME READERS asking for things . . . .


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Verdant Earl said...

Holly - it's a science engine. It ain't gonna know nothing about religion or fictional characters. And sorry...12:01 AM is the time that my posts drop. You must deal with it. ;)

~E said...

A computer program that talks to you?

Pssht! I've been having all sorts of inanimate objects talking to me for years!!

In fact my keyboard says "a little bit to the left, no the other left..AHHHHH, that's the spot"