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.
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
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!
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?”)