Alphabet's Google is making the software code for Parsey McParseface, a computer program that helps machines understand written English, freely available for anyone to distribute or modify. Photo:
Google says Parsey McParseface has achieved 94% accuracy in understanding English newswire sentences. This is very close as compared to the firm’s in-house human linguistic test results of 96-97%.
Google has taken a tongue-in-cheek approach to naming its latest artificial intelligence breakthrough
Before machines become powerful enough to truly pave the way towards virtual assistants, translation programs and other language-oriented technology ‒ and before we welcome our new robot overlords ‒ they’re going to have to actually learn English.
Computers find it difficult to understand the English language. This is where Google's Parsey McParseface comes in.The US search giant is releasing the code, a piece of software called SyntaxNet and Parsey McParseface for free for developers to use. Together, these pieces of software will allow a developer's programme or app to understand written English, something that companies from Facebook to Google have placed great emphasis on.