Wolfram Alpha hopes to challenge Google

Another day, another pretender to Google's crown as the world's top search engine. Step up Professor Stephen Wolfram of the imaginatively named Wolfram Research with his 'computational knowledge engine.'

Wolfram claims that his engine, Wolfram Alpha, will be able to answer questions rather than just searching for keywords as current favourites Google and Yahoo do. "We can only answer questions that have been literally asked before. We can look things up, but we can’t figure anything new out," the Professor told the Daily Mail.

In contrast, it is claimed that Wolfram Alpha will actually be able to understand and process everyday language: "There will be one simple input field that gives access to a huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms."

Fancy new algorithms to challenge Google's dominance? Sounds just like last year's challenger Cuil, which quickly faded into obscurity.

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