I have written several times about the large amounts of data being generated by Web 2.0 (here and here), and in March I wrote:

Last week WolframAlpha launched. WolframAlpha describes itself as follows:

*Mathematica*was developed beginning in the 1960s and today offers a programing language, a computing environment and a very large knowledge base. For example, if you want a visualization of a complex polynomial, use

*Mathematica*or now WolframAlpha. WolframAlpha's future will in part be dependent on the development of its computational power but much more so the addition of new data sets.

Some of the blogs have done comparisons between Google, Google Squared and WolframAlpha. I think this is similar to comparing motorboats and sailboats--both boats but very different features and performance objectives. Showing the results for a search "weather Miami" in WolframAlpha below makes clear that data drives WolframAlpha and information and links drive Google.

Notice the ease with which one can change the time frame of the data or convert the data to metric equivalents. I have no idea if these changes can even be done on Google. Note also that this is just a portion of the screen info. Next time you are checking weather for an upcoming trip try out Wolfram Alpha.

I think WolframAlpha is great. Don't make the mistake of thinking of it is an alternative to Google. It is a specialized "computational" engine and an example of what I think we will see a lot more of as the data on the web increases.

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