At New Signature, we always get excited about new technologies that make finding information easier. To the end, we have been excited to see the emergence of two new options: Wolfram|Alpha and Bing. Here is a quick run down on these two new options.
Wolfram|Alpha came onto the market recently and bills itself not as a search engine, but as a computational knowledge engine. In their words, “Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.” The end result is pretty exciting, you can get very specific data (and the sources behind it) on many subjects, like people, places, science, math and more.
Bing on the other hand seems to be a new take on the same search engine concept, albeit with some more advanced features that look really interesting. Microsoft will be launching Bing officially on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, and in the video introducing the new site insists Bing is “not just a search engine. It’s a decision engine.” Whether Bing is able to make good on that promise remains to be seen, but at the very least Microsoft’s new approach of grouping search results into logical categories may make it easier to find the information we are looking for more quickly.