David Kirkpatrick

November 18, 2009

Wolfram Alpha developing elements of AI?

Via KurzweilAI.net — This sure sounds a lot like artificial intelligence to me.

Innovation: The dizzying ambition of Wolfram Alpha
New Scientist Tech, Nov. 17, 2009

Stephen Wolfram wants Wolfram Alpha to generate knowledge of its own.

Alpha has been exposed to more utterances than a typical child would hear in learning a new language, allowing it to get smarter at understanding how people phrase their requests, he says.

“You’ll be able to ask it a question, and instead of it using knowledge that came out of a method invented 50 years ago it will invent a new method on the fly to answer it.”

 

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July 2, 2009

Expanding your search engine horizons

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:26 pm

There’s more out there in the online search space than Google, Microsoft’s Live … — er, Bing, and Yahoo. The new Wolfram|Alpha decision engine comes to mind.

Here’s five more search options from CIO.com.

Number three from the link:

Hunch

Hunch is all about a decision engine, asking the user 10 questions or less to arrive at a solution to a problem or concern. At the core of the search site is a question selection algorithm built by Hunch’s small collection of Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientists with backgrounds in machine learning.

The design is such that questions are asked just like a human would structure a line of questioning. The questions asked vary based on what has already been asked and how it was answered.

Click here to find out more! And Hunch is another search engine with a social aspect. The smarts are a collection of common knowledge derived from users who can submit new topics, questions to ask and decision outcomes.Hunch says its algorithm is a mathematical framework married with a group of users who provide “personality by contributing to it and making it clever, funny, and nuanced.”