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Is Wolfram Alpha a Preview of the Technology that’s Going to Destroy Google?

Probably not. Ask.com already bet its stake on natural language searching, but as it turns out most people don’t know the difference and don’t care. Sure Google’s results are famously bad, but there’s so many of them that most people can just muddle on through on their own, narrowing them down and finding the gold in all that lead and spam portals. Not too long ago Wikia was supposed to destroy Google. Slightly less long ago, Wikia folded its tent and went home. That’s because beating Google requires being simpler and easier to use than Google, or actually reliably producing better results. Wolfram Alpha is supposed to do that, but it doesn’t seem to be any better at it than Google itself. Sure there’s a Gee Whiz element to it, but when you brush aside the tech, you wind up with just more search.

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