This is why the Internet was made

All this time, we were probably just waiting for an application like this.

I’m feeling a bit like that engineer at the aluminum plant that got the visit from Montgomery Scott in Star Trek IV.

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  1. ADDENDUM:…although my wife was disappointed because it had nothing to do with Wolfram & Hart. It was her first observation, and this saddens me.

  2. too bad that link doesn’t seem to work on my version of google chrome. I guess some of us will wait a little longer than others.

  3. It’s nice as a demo, but will it work as presented when released? Word from the testers is that it’s “incomplete”, more impressive on selected searches.

    It’s also assuming that the info you want is generally in numbers and graphs, which if you want those things it’s quicker than perusing the Wikipedia articles (that are probably the largest source this parses).

    Meanwhile, you can already put computations into Google. I’m not saying it’s the same / competing with Google, I’m just saying it’s doing some things that are already done, just displaying and sorting in clear, concise ways (but again, will it be that clear on release?).

    I dunno, it’s cool, but doesn’t seem like a big revolutionary leap to me, just good progress.

    Heh, I think the wife comment is a bit telling, because this strikes me a bit as a male-geek thing. Excuse my generalizations, but the love of organized graphs is one of those few things that I think does have a gender “boys with their toys” thing.

  4. @Rog: I guess the database(s) the site is pulling information from will grow over time. Wikipedia wasn’t as broad as it is now when it first started.

    Hopefully this does live up to its own hype. It would be a very valuable resource for school kids.

  5. An awesome application of this kind of tech (should they ever license it, and they should) would be game metrics.

    Once you start feeding it the numbers and you let it build its databases, the kind of queries and comparisons you could throw to this thing would simplify the process of getting important information from your metrics, and maybe let you do things with it you couldn’t do before without a lot of time and effort.

    Silly query: “What’s the most popular caster weapon for troll mages with green hair?”

    Not so silly query: “Average player afk time / location”

    Great query: “Most popular build per class per patch release”

  6. Anyone mind explaining a bit more on what it does exactly? At work and can’t get to that site (yet oddly all blogs are wide open to me, I take what I can get).

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