Parse this: Google releases free AI software that can understand English

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. That’s where Google comes in. The company announced Thursday that it’s releasing new software capable of understanding written English – and that the software will be available to anyone for free. Called Parsey McParseface – yup, that’s a play on the fact that the internet wanted to name a British research vessel Boaty McBoatface – Google’s software is part of a programming toolkit called SyntaxNet, which was also released for free Thursday. The move paves the way for developers to integrate language understanding into more software. “Our hope is that people will just use…


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