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Published: May 5, 2014
 / Summer 2014 / Issue 75

 
 

Stephen Wolfram’s World-Changing Plans

Reprint No. 00256

Author Profile:

  • Jimmy Guterman is editorial director of Collective Next. Previously he was senior editor of Harvard Business Review and executive editor of MIT Sloan Management Review. He’s @jimmyguterman on Twitter.

 

 
 
 
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Resources

  1. John Koetsier, “Sentient Code: An Inside Look at Stephen Wolfram’s Utterly New, Insanely Ambitious Computational Paradigm,” VentureBeat, Nov. 29, 2013: What’s behind the “amazing” Wolfram Language.
  2. Carly Page, “Wolfram Alpha Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Mind,” The Inquirer, Mar. 11, 2013: A report on Wolfram’s 2013 South by Southwest presentation in which he predicts that the company’s analytics engine will soon work preemptively, meaning it will be able to predict what its users are looking for.
  3. Stephen Wolfram, “Computing a Theory of Everything” (video), TED.com, Apr. 2010: Wolfram discusses “the single biggest idea that’s emerged in the past century”: computation.
  4. Stephen Wolfram, “The Personal Analytics of My Life,” Wired, Mar. 8, 2012: “One day I’m sure everyone will routinely collect all sorts of data about themselves,” Wolfram writes. “But because I’ve been interested in data for a very long time, I started doing this long ago.”
  5. For more thought leadership on this topic, see the s+b website at: strategy-business.com/innovation.
 
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