Sure, Wolfram is Alpha, and Wolfram has potential. Wolfram has nice visualisations, an API and it is fun to play around with. But Wolfram|Alpha makes a lot of mistakes. Some are fundamental and some are just a matter of low quality data Wolfram Alpha is based upon.
- No German speaking people in Switzerland?
- Einstein was wrong?
- Mr Gusenbauer is still head of Austria? (which he isn´t since months)
I know that these are “European details”, but that was exactly what I was predicting when Wolfram|Alpha wasn´t online yet: It will be a nice knowledge base for a lot of engineers, but cultural & political domains are not that easy to “calculate”, especially when it is based on European history.
I would suggest: Don´t try to calculate the whole world but rather concentrate on that kind of stuff where knowledge really is “computable”.
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Thats fine! Even softwares make mistakes. But it would be interesting to see the root cause of such a mistake 😉 I only wish it doesn’t affect other important calculations with the speed of light being the base of others.