Computers find it difficult to understand the English language. This is where Google's Parsey McParseface comes in.
The U.S. search giant is releasing the code, a piece of software called SyntaxNet and Parsey McParseface for free for developers to use. Together, these pieces of software will allow a developer's program or app to understand written English, something that companies from Facebook to Google have placed great emphasis on.
Google's move is significant because artificial intelligence (AI) and in particular, natural language understanding, is very difficult for computers and even harder for developers to code. By opening up the capabilities to do this, Google is giving these developers the chance to integrate natural language understanding into their apps.
As users ask AI systems on their phone – such as Google Now or the bots in Facebook Messenger – to carry out more tasks, the ability for them to understand the English language and execute the correct response is crucial.