Well, I've been following the Wolfram|Alpha blog updates and just heard CNN talking about the release of this new search engine and I am still so very intrigued. I have been trying to get an "official" invitation so I can play with it, but I guess I'll have to wait until it is released. Hmmm, I predict that Google will purchase Wolfram|Alpha if/when it does change the Internet. Well, after they purchase Twitter.
Here are some quotes from the Wolfram|Alpha blog:
As Twitter cofounder Biz Stone recently called Twitter ‘the messaging service we didn’t know we needed until we had it.’ Similarly, Wolfram|Alpha may become the search service we didn’t know we needed—and in particular, the search service we may use in ways completely unexpected from what anyone is envisioning.” —From Search Engine Land
“[Wolfram|]Alpha, however, will probably be a worthy challenger for Wikipedia and many textbooks and reference works. Instead of looking up basic encyclopedic information there, users can just go to [Wolfram|]Alpha instead, where they will get a direct answer to their question, as well as a nicely presented set of graphs and other info.” —From ReadWriteWeb