The Apple iPhone 4S exclusive Siri intelligent virtual assistant feature is now responsible for 25% of searches performed on Wolfram Alpha, a computational knowledge engine developed by Wolfram Research. Siri taps Wolfram Alpha's extensive database for various functions, such as computing basic calculations and answering factual queries.
Apple collaborated with Wolfram Research on Siri, deeply integrating the company's algorithms that power its other product, Mathematica. Users can type in complex queries, which Wolfram Alpha computes accurate answers for.
Wolfram Alpha continues to expand its datasets and will be launching a pro version tomorrow that will add the ability to work with data and images. Wolfram Research was created by 52-year-old Stephen Wolfram, a computer scientist that published his first physics paper at age 15, earned his Ph.D. from Caltech, and won a MacArthur prize at age 22.
[via 9to5 Mac]