What you missed in Big Data: Enter Parsey McParseface


There's still a long way to go before complex human traits like humor can be properly emulated by artificial intelligence, but Alphabet Inc. is already starting to inject wit into the research effort. The company last week published a machine learning model called "Parsey McParseface" that can automatically map out the linguist structure of any English-language text. The algorithm, which is hailed as the most accurate of its kind yet, was created using a neural networking system that became available on GitHub at the same time. Alphabet hopes that its contribution will ease the development of virtual assistants and other modern applications that deal with a lot of human-generated information. Equally importantly for the search giant, the move will also cement its position in the open-source machine learning community, which has emerged as a key focus area for the web-scale crowd.