With the launch of WolframAlpha the mainstream public has been exposed to new term, and a new concepts: “Knowledgebase” and “knowledge engine”. There has been an awful lot of confusion over this, and the multiple posts comparing WolframAlpha to Google are a testimony to this. It’s like comparing apples and pears. You can compare them, but you can’t expect an apple to be a pear.
I’ve written a simple presentation for you, explaining what a knowledgebase is and what a database is. I also explain the difference between knowledge and data. We also see that a knowledge engine is not a search engine. Just because you get information from something doesn’t mean that it’s a search engine. My microwave gives me the time of day but it’s not a watch, right?
I hope this clears up some confusion out there and limits the number of strange sounding posts about this! Please stop saying that a researcher is incapable of launching a search engine, that this is the “real world”…Google was launched by academics too you know, and a lot of researchers work on that engine. Those statements are derogatory and unfair to the scientists.
A lot of people have been saying that the “vain search” (your name) doesn’t return any results. I ask this: is your name in Wikipedia? If not, why do you expect your name to be in Wolfram? marvin minsky’s name is there. My name is in Wikipedia, but I’m not important enough to have a whole page dedicated to me. So…fair enough that my name isn’t there.
Think what you will but let’s play nice