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Wolfram Alpha

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This presentation was used to explain how Wolfram Alpha was born, how it can be used in many fields and create a discussion thread on what kind of implications can computational knowledge have in the future.

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Wolfram Alpha

  1. 1. Herman Fuchs Wolfram Alpha May/2009
  2. 2. History &quot;The Man Who Cracked The Code to Everything&quot; - Wired [about Stephen Wolfram] Wolfram Alpha <ul><li>Framework for &quot;simple programs&quot;, to any field </li></ul><ul><li>Its operation can be completely explained by a simple graphical illustration </li></ul><ul><li>It can be completely explained in a few sentences of human language </li></ul><ul><li>It can be implemented in a computer language using just a few lines of code </li></ul><ul><li>The number of its possible variations is small enough so that all of them can be computed </li></ul>
  3. 3. Definition + Computational Knowledge Engine + Distributed Computing + Natural Language Processing ( Semantic Search ) = Answering Machine www.wolframalpha.com Wolfram Alpha
  4. 4. Sounds familiar? <ul><li>Super calculator? Wikipedia killer? Search engine for nerds? No! Try Google Squared. </li></ul><ul><li>Extracts structured data from accross de web (Google Squared) x Extracts structured data from its knowledge base + algorithms (Wolfram Alpha) </li></ul><ul><li>Search Engine Watch: &quot; quite possibly ... one of Google's most significant achievements &quot; </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  5. 5. Structured data example &quot;[Wolfram Alpha] Focuses on Great Answers - Not Movie Times&quot; - PCWorld Wolfram Alpha &quot;100 million queries and 55.000 feedback messages in 1 week&quot;
  6. 6. So what? <ul><li>Mathematics » Elementary Math · Numbers · Plotting · Algebra · Matrices · Calculus · Geometry · Trigonometry · Discrete Math · Number Theory · Applied Math · Logic · Functions </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics & Data Analysis » Data Analysis · Regression · Statistical Distributions · Probability </li></ul><ul><li>Physics » Mechanics · Electricity & Magnetism · Optics · Relativity · Nuclear Physics · Quantum Physics · Particle Physics · Statistical Physics · Astrophysics · Physical Constants </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry » Elements · Compounds · Ions · Quantities · Solutions · Chemical Thermodynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering » Acoustics · Aeronautics · Electric Circuits · Fluid Mechanics · Steam Tables · Structures </li></ul><ul><li>Astronomy » Star Charts · Planets · Moons · Minor Planets · Comets · Eclipses · Stars · Galaxies · Astrophysics </li></ul><ul><li>Life Sciences » Animals & Plants · Dinosaurs · DNA Sequence Lookup · Genes · SNPs · Proteins </li></ul><ul><li>Computational Sciences » Cellular Automata · Fractals · Functional Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Units & Measures » Conversions · Calculations · Comparisons · Dimensional Analysis · Industrial Measures · Batteries · Bulk Materials · Paint Money & Finance » </li></ul><ul><li>Stock Data » Indices · Mutual Funds · Mortgages · Present Value · Currency Conversion · Bonds · Derivatives Valuation · Wages · Sales Tax </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  7. 7. So what? <ul><li>Dates & Times » Date Computations · Time Zones · Calendars · Holidays · Geological Time </li></ul><ul><li>Places & Geography » Maps · Projections · Geodesy · Navigation · Distances · Geomagnetism · Geocoding · Countries · Cities · Elevation Data · Oceans · Lakes · Rivers · Islands · Mountains </li></ul><ul><li>Socioeconomic Data » Countries · U.S. States · Cities · Demographics · Economics · Trade · Salaries · Unemployment </li></ul><ul><li>Weather » Current & Historical Weather · Forecasts · Wind Chill · Hurricanes · Clouds · Standard Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Medicine » Body Measurements · Growth Charts · Exercise · Diseases · Mortality Data · Medical Test Data · Vision · Drug Data · Hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>Words & Linguistics » Dictionary Lookup · Anagrams · Word Puzzles · Morse Code · Soundex · Languages · Number Names </li></ul><ul><li>People & History » People · Genealogy · Names · Occupations · Political Leaders · Historical Dates · Historical Countries · Historical Numerals · Historical Money </li></ul><ul><li>Sports & Games » Football · Baseball · Lotteries · Card Games </li></ul><ul><li>Music » Musical Notes · Intervals · Chords · Scales · Songs </li></ul><ul><li>Colors » Color Names · Color Addition · Color Systems · Temperatures · Wavelengths </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  8. 8. Examples <ul><li>Calories in 300mg cooked macaroni </li></ul><ul><li>How old was Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva when Ayrton Senna was born? </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  9. 9. Examples <ul><li>Compare GDP per capita of Brazil with Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>1000 euros to R$ </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  10. 10. Examples <ul><li>life expectancy Germany vs Japan </li></ul><ul><li>life expectancy vs deaths </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  11. 11. Examples <ul><li>sao paulo weather from May 2008 to May 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>fuel cost 200 km, 11.5 kpl, $1.29/l </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  12. 12. Examples <ul><li>predicta.com.br </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha Predicta Atmosphere Web Analytics
  13. 13. Examples <ul><li>Jul 3, 1977 to May 28, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>next solar eclipse in sao paulo </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  14. 14. Examples <ul><li>green + orange </li></ul><ul><li>integrate cos(x) * pi </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  15. 15. Examples <ul><li>C6H5COOH </li></ul><ul><li>D major scale </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  16. 16. Examples <ul><li>GATTACAGACT </li></ul><ul><li>What is the meaning of life? </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  17. 17. Issues <ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Terms of Service &quot; As Wolfram|Alpha is an authoritative source of information (...) Failure to properly attribute results from Wolfram|Alpha is not only a violation of these terms, but may also constitute academic plagiarism OR a violation of copyright law&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>(currently) Limited Knowledge Base </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  18. 18. Future? <ul><li>How the computation of knowledge could be applied to your field? </li></ul><ul><li>Suggest Data Sources , Facts , Algorithms, Models or User Data </li></ul><ul><li>Build Mashups using Wolfram's API </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerating Change , Technological Singularity & Ray Kurzweil: exponential increase in the rate of technological, social and cultural progress throughout history </li></ul><ul><li>Epistemology , theory of knowledge. How do we know what we know? What the #$*! do we know? </li></ul>Wolfram Alpha
  19. 19. while (alive) { learn(); } Wolfram Alpha Escher, Gödel, Bach, by Douglas Hofstadter Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams A New Kind Of Science, by Stephen Wolfram Ghost In The Shell, by Mamoru Oshii π , by Darren Aronofsky
  20. 20. &quot;I have little doubt that within a matter of a few decades what I have done will have led to some dramatic changes in the foundations of technology - and in our basic ability to take what the universe provides and apply it for our own human purposes.&quot; Stephen Wolfram in A New Kind Of Science

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