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