Amazon's Alexa can now answer your tough maths and science problems - KNine Vox
December 21, 2018 Technology

Amazon's Alexa can now answer your tough maths and science problems

Amazon's Alexa will now be able to answer your tough engineering questions because it is getting a Wolfram Alpha integration that means Alexa would be able to answer your tough maths and science problems. The feature is already available for some people, but you shouldn’t expect to see it right away.

Alexa takes its information usually from sources like Wikipedia, Yelp, Accuweather, and Stats.com, but before this latest integration, it didn’t really have an answer for tough geography, history, or engineering inquiries. Now with Wolfram Alpha’s help, Alexa can field questions like how high do swans fly, how many sheets of paper will fit in a binder, and how fast is the wind blowing right now. Wolfram Alpha is a resource that schools sometimes use as a trusted source of information.

But Apple's Siri had a Wolfram alpha since the launch of iPhone 4S's launch in 2011, but google assistant still relies on its own search engine. Google’s lack of Wolfram Alpha means that it loses out on some of the math problems and puzzles the service can solve. In the end, it seems, the more sources of information a smart assistant can pull from, the better.

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