Introducing the Wolfram|Alpha Handwritten Knowledge Engine
Article by George Norman
On 01 Apr 2013
Because handmade gifts are the best, Wolfram|Alpha is unveiling a new, more personal means of delivering computed answers: the Wolfram|Alpha Handwritten Knowledge Engine.

“The Wolfram|Alpha Handwritten Knowledge Engine is ready to go,” the team was glad to announce today, April 1, 2013. “Ask a question, and your machine-computed results will be transcribed and illustrated by a real live human being.”


We are all familiar with the Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine – computes the world’s knowledge and puts it at our fingertips. Just ask Wolfram|Alpha a question and it will compute the world’s knowledge to deliver an answer to that question. As of today, April 1st 2013, we can answers to our questions in handwritten format. That is because the Wolfram Alpha team, based on the conventional belief that the best gifts are handmade, decided to launch the new Wolfram Alpha Handwritten Knowledge Engine.

Wolfram|Alpha works just like it did before: ask it a question (something like “Are you Skynet?”) and it will compute it and then nicely present the results of the computation to you. The key difference is that the results of the computation are now handwritten. Students may get a big grin on their faces right about now, but the Wolfram|Alpha team advises against running homework through the knowledge engine and printing out the handwritten results.

You can get started with the Wolfram|Alpha Handwritten Knowledge Engine by following this link. The Wolfram|Alpha team says you should go ahead and try it right now. “I recommend acting fast. A few of the physicists already have writer’s cramp, and the pop culture researchers might be next.”

In related news, Google’s been hard at work as well. The Mountain View-based search engine giant introduced some new products today, chief among them being Google Nose (Beta) and Gmail Blue.
Read more about Google’s latest releases here.

Tags: April Fools, Wolfram Alpha, Google, handwritten, computational knowledge engine
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