Ars Technica has no faith. They are already saying that Wolfram’s knowledge engine will fail based, I’d imagine on the complete and utter disaster that Cuil and other would be google challengers have been. Here’s why I think that the computation knowledge engine can be a success.
First of all, its Stephen Wolfram, who truly shouldn’t be underestimated. He is also not trying to say that it can cure cancer, really he isn’t saying what it can do, or what its ultimate goal is. Except to say that it is going to answer simple questions. I don’t understand why this is impossible. Technology is clearly accelerating at a near exponential rate. The same improvement in technology and science between 1997 and 2000, was probably accomplished by June 2002, and so on. If that is to be accepted, then you have to believe that at some point soon we should get to an intelligent system that can answer a simple question like what color is the sky. Not by looking it up in a database, but by actually reasoning out the answer.
I think that Ars isn’t giving these guys enough credit. I can’t wait to see what they have cooked up.