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Wolfram Alpha Demo and Launch TONIGHT

I'm sure you've seen one of those tech demos where the speaker promises the audience unlimited power using their particular tool. Then the speaker will craft three or four very carefully chosen tasks or queries and the system will perform beautifully. And when the product is released, it doesn't actually handle the tasks you need it to do.

Wolfram Alpha is nothing like that.

Watching this demo ahead of tonight's 7pm CST launch, I started laughing when they began covering menial tasks such as entering "a__t_r" and Alpha was returning possible word matches for crossword puzzles. Not because that was particularly difficult, but because it shows the range of tasks available to be solved by Alpha. Check it out yourself, then you'll be a fanboy too. ]