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David Weinberger Assesses WolframAlpha So You Don't Have to

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/18/09 (8:46pm)

Oh my...

WolframAlpha ... is like a roomful of idiot savants. Each knows a scary amount about a topic. And, unlike a such a roomful, WA also knows how to recombine and compute what each of the savants knows. But if the room doesn’t have the savant you’re looking for, you get back nothing but a "Huh?"