Computational Mathematics is the heart of both Google, and Wolfram Alpha. We understand that there are competing initiatives in China that have impressed Jim Fallows, now stationed there for Atlantic Monthly and in Russia. We imagine that both India and Iran have their own approaches underway as well, all emphasizing mathematics applied to bits and bytes.
This endeavor is funded by Stephen Wolfram, who made his fortune creating mathematical models and tools that are from a different planet. His book, A New Kind of Science, is a collector's item and could one day be considered the first step toward true cyber-biological integration.
Today WolframAlpha is highlighting updates and new capabilities in the following arenas:
Mathematics, Statistics, and Computation
Science, Biology, and Health
Socioeconomics and Culture