Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, talks about his quest to make all knowledge computational — able to be searched, processed and manipulated. His new search engine, Wolfram Alpha, has no lesser goal than to model and explain the physics underlying the universe.

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3 Responses to “Stephen Wolfram: Computing a theory of everything”

  1. Denis says:

    At stake here, though, is that not everything is computable. You need meaning to be “made computable” in order to make it all properly searchable. And when that occurs, you and I will be the “obsolete” version of whichever machine masters meaning.

  2. ChrisH says:

    Thanks Barry! Love Wolfram and TED. Another shining of example of the quality of your blog. You may just be crazy enough to get a kick out of his monster of a book, “A New Kind of Science.”

    Lecture here:

  3. graham.crowley says:

    If you know all the answers (ie: how the universe works and humanity’s non-speaking esque role in it), I think there’s an Armageddon trade in there somewhere.

    Well, at least there would be if greed didn’t exist.

    Apologies for the heady first post (long time lurker).