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Google rival hailed as Web 3.0 pioneer

Search engine Wolfram Alpha uses natural language processing to respond directly to user questions

Move over Google, there’s a new search engine in town. Expected to launch later this month, Wolfram Alpha can understand and respond to questions directly instead of displaying a list of search results based on specific search queries that Google is presently known for.

It’s the brainchild of scientist Stephen Wolfram, founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, famous for his previous creations: Mathematica and A New Kind of Science.

Here’s a video of Wolfram discussing his latest invention at Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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The ‘computational knowledge engine’ is being hailed as a pioneer of what’s now branded as Web 3.0. It’s the natural progression of the present-day internet as we know it, moving away from being about mass collaboration and displaying information to actually making sense of the content provided.

Web 3.0 is characterised by ‘intelligent’ web applications that use natural language processing as well as machine-based learning and reasoning, which Wolfram Alpha incorporates.

“I think it’s going to be pretty exciting. A new paradigm for using computers and the web,” wrote Wolfram in a company blog posting that announced the launch of the search engine.