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Does Wolfram Alpha Live up to the Hype?

No. No it does not.

Wolfram Alpha doesn't know what Conway's Game of Life is.

Update [June 14, 2011]: Entering “Conway’s Game of Life” into Wolfram Alpha now does provide you with information about the game. I suppose that means that it officially lives up to the hype.

  1. Elithrion
    May 18th, 2009 at 16:59 | #1

    To be fair, it’s still in early development and your query wasn’t in the right format. You should have been asking something like “smallest spaceship in conway’s game of life”… not that that returns results, but at least it has a numerical/factual answer which this should be able to fetch eventually. If you search for “chess”, it returns information on a plant too, you know.

  2. May 18th, 2009 at 17:15 | #2

    Yeah, I was just surprised that it doesn’t have *any* information about Conway’s Game of Life, considering Wolfram is himself a cellular automaton guru. Entering things like “Rule 90″ or “Rule 110″ displays information about those cellular automata, but the most well-known automaton of all somehow didn’t make the cut.

  3. Cloudy197
    June 14th, 2011 at 10:59 | #3

    Yes it does!
    (Click the picture now)

  4. June 14th, 2011 at 11:14 | #4

    @Cloudy197 – Thanks for the update :)

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