Wonders of Wolfram- building a “Knowledge Engine”

What IS Wolfram Alpha? And what does it have to do with Apple’s new “Siri“?

The “goal” on the website is to democratize knowledge, or “make all the world’s knowledge systematically computable and accessible”.

Let’s check out Stephan Wolfram’s TED talk about Wolfram Alpha.

 

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Introducing CDF- Interactive Online Documents (“today’s online documents are like yesterday’s paper – flat, lifeless, inactive”) Here’s a VIDEO about authoring CDF apps.

Can a program be creative? musical? Let’s find out: http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2011/06/music-mathematica-and-the-computational-universe/

TIME TO PLAY!

First watch the INTRO

Access Wolfram Alpha HERE

Examples by Topic

10 Cool things to do with Wolfram/Siri

Check out the interesting lesson plans on the educators portal – what do you think?

1. Try to explore your EE topic using Wolfram Alpha- provide an example, post to blog

2. Do a frivolous comparison or other kind of search – post to blog.

3. Ask at least 2 “knowledge issue” questions related to this tool and the goals of the company (post to blog)

4. Be sure to follow Stephan and Conrad on Twitter- if you feel daring, ask them a relevant question (I heard from a friend of theirs Conrad will more likely answer). Let us know!

 

On Twitter:

@conrad_wolfram

@stephan_wolfram

@Wolfram_Alpha

@WolframFunFacts

Check out their blog: “Community Newsletter” for what is new

Here’s Conrad’s TEDx talk in Brussels “I Calculate, Therefore I Am” (he actually poses a lot of “Knoweldge Issue” questions in this, including “Is it Cheating to use W. A. in Math homework?”)

 

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Knowledge Justifications and Experts- Videos

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And the Winner Is….

It’s time to vote for the TOK “This I Believe” Film winners!

CLICK HERE FOR BALLOT or simply use the embedded ballot below. (log into your school Google) If the ballot doesn’t appear, then refresh your url- it seems to work the second time.

DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 28 (winners get candy!)

To view their projects, click on their names below:

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David

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Liar Liar Cheat

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Pam Myer is using Sense Perception and Reasoning to “know” or “tell” is someone is telling a lie.

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Why do we think it’s OK to cheat?

Liar Card Game- Questions

The point of this exercise was to examine the nature, extent, acceptability of various kinds of deception. 

1. Which cards did your group find easiest to place? Which did you find most difficult?

2. How similar or different was your order from that of other groups? Were there any surprises?

3. Were there cases where you’d need more information about the context before placing it?

4. How many of these forms of deception have you engaged in – be honest :)?

5. How widespread do you think deception is in the population at large?

6. How do you define a “lie” – which of these cards would you classify as “not a lie” and why?

7. Under what circumstances, if any, is it acceptable to mislead or deceive other people? Should we tell the truth at any cost, or are other things, such as happiness, more important?

– adapted from Richard van de Lagemaat

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Read this Q & A with Ben Goldacre to find out more about distortions of science in the media.