Google has decided to make its simple search box into yet another thing. It’s now a WebGL-powered 3D graphing calculator. If you type in a two-variable function, Google’s search box on the desktop will graph an animated, interactive, 3D plot right in your browser.
Google is moving increasingly toward providing answers when they’re faster than Web results. But putting an advanced graphing calculator into search is an obvious defense against Wolfram Alpha, which is notably Apple’s Siri partner for math and science questions. Google search is fighting a two-front war, with Facebook and social search on the other side. How many things can Google search be at once?