Playing around with this: http://wolframalpha.com
site. It has been brought to my attention by the abdbg
; and he has made a more comprehensive post about look and features.
It has been showing up on the twit
radar, and other places. I used it in class today to generate random numbers, but then gave up on it (for that task) in favour of a simpler tool http://www.random.org/
Nobody seems to exactly try to know what to make of it. Is it a search engine or what??
I am calling it a data stack attacker. It attacks the data and makes interesting reports. One of the twit guests called it the end of thought. Probably not especially since from a science/engineering/math perspective it just gives some great new explorative directions.
If you are interested in math and science it is undeniably fun in the search to the right I typed in: "Tarqeq vs. Pan" and get some great comparisons and data with one query "zero" clicks.
I think it would be pretty hard to get comprehensive data like that with one click on google, but I would use google to find a new car.
Give it a try have some fun with it, report back some of your interesting queries.