Disrupted AI – why Google's ‘Parsey McParseface’ is big news in AI

Seriously Google why give a huge breakthrough such a sh1t name?

The big tech companies have become in the habit of giving valuable source code away in the last 18 months – especially AI code – and now it’s turned into a race as they all realise the value is in the data not in the code.
 
This one – with the extraordinary name – is very valuable as it is focused on “parsing” – turning ambiguous, unstructured statements into meaningful data.

From TheNextWeb: 
“As much as we love to fawn over artificial intelligence (AI), it’s still not great at recognizing and parsing natural language. That’s why Google is open sourcing its new language parsing model for English, which it calls ‘Parsey McParseface.’

Before you even ask, the name has no meaning. When Google was trying to figure out what to call its language parsing technology, someone suggested Parsey McParseface; it’s a bit like Apple’s Liam, which has no clever backstory either. The overall AI model is called SyntaxNet (please make your SkyNet jokes now); ‘ol Parsey is just for English.

 If you’re confused, here’s the short version: Parsey and SyntaxNet are basically like five year old humans who are learning the nuances of language.

And if you’re wondering why Parsey McParseface is even necessary, here’s Google’s explanation:

“One of the main problems that makes parsing so challenging is that human languages show remarkable levels of ambiguity. It is not uncommon for moderate length sentences – say 20 or 30 words in length – to have hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of possible syntactic structures. A natural language parser must somehow search through all of these alternatives, and find the most plausible structure given the context.”

Parsey McParseface and SyntaxNet aren’t a solution; Google considers them a first step toward better AI language parsing, which is a persistent hurdle.

Besides, a more natural conversation could make Chirp really awesome someday”more