Google’s newest software is named ‘Parsey McParseface’ — no, seriously

The Natural Environment Research CouncilAn artist’s impression of the RSS David Attenborough — a research vessel that the internet had voted to name “Boaty McBoatface.” The spirit of the “Boaty McBoatface” phenomenon lives on at Google.  Today, Google introduces Parsey McParseface — a free new tool, born from Google’s research division to help computers better parse and understand English sentences. “We were having trouble thinking of a good name, and then someone said, ‘We could just call it Parsey McParseface!’ So… yup,” says a Google spokesperson.  Parsey McParseface is a piece of a larger framework released today called SyntaxNet, itself a big part of Google’s popular home-built TensorFlow software for building artificial intelligence, as explained in a blog entry. With this release, any developer anywhere can download, use, and even start to…


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