You're all Sheepy McSheepFaces. Stop following the flock.
Googly McSearchface has released SyntaxNet, “an open-source neural network framework” and an open source tool for parsing the English language called Parsey McParseface. The company hopes that Codey McCoderfaces will put the two tools to work doing Natural Language Understanding (NLU), the art of helping computers to …
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What's the collective noun for the group of people who resort to the clichéd 'sheep' epithet?
Actually although the phrase is annoying, it does provide a useful guide to what to ignore. Like a spam filter scoring on words like viagra, my bollocks-filter level is raised by use of such terms as, sheeple, MSM, EUSSR, New World Order (which seems to be making a comeback of late), Zionist media, a recent survey says, etc.
Don''t forget 'methinks'. One little word that means 'I am a middle-aged Daily Express-reading balding white male Faragist who drives a Dacia, thinks wifey belongs in the kitchen. David Cameron is a dangerous radical, pop music is a dreadful row, and Johnny Foreigner should be deported,
Don't get me wrong - taking 'methinks' as a grammatical form. melikes it very much. Maybe mebes giving the word a bad rap, just because it's become a trope among Pringle sweater wearing, foaming tankard quaffing, free-marketering Brexit-bores. Mewishes it didn't themuses so that it could weuses with out us wecringes
$X Mc$X$Y predates "Boaty McBoatface" by at least my entire lifetime, so I'm pretty sure it is not going away any time soon.
As does the "-face" suffix for forming nicknames. I'm curious about the etymology of that, but a quick online search didn't turn up anything useful.
(On the other hand, I did run across the etymology of "nickname": corruption of "eke name", with "eke" in its original sense meaning "supplemental". These days "eke" is most often seen in the newer sense of "scraped together", which is a misapprehension of the original usage, viz "he was a butcher but eked out his living murdering strangers".)
> "Boaty McBoatface was fun, but enough is enough. Or after this story. surely it is?"
> No. 'Nuff said.
Maybe? I was reading about the Moly PcPhone the other day and had an irritating feeling for some time that I'd hadn't taken in all the syllables in the headline properly :(
That said, I quite enjoyed the story about Warwick Farm naming a gelding Horsey McHorseface (and pictured it walking *straight* into the nearest bar...).
"“Alice drove down the street in her car” as an example of the challenges parsers face because one interpretation is that Alice drives down a street while driving her car. The other is that the street in question is inside Alice's car.
Parsey McParseface can apparently get this stuff right 94 per cent of the time, making it rather better than comparable code."
Citation welcome. Surely only the person writing stuff like that can actually *know* what was intended.
See also: Eats Shoots and Leaves.
What was intended, sure. But only a naive intentionalist would think that's what the utterance means.
On the other hand, only someone who really doesn't understand how language works would write something like "get this stuff right X per cent of the time".
One of the biggest problems with Google's NLP work is that they labor under a model of language use that's hilariously oversimplified. It excludes the vast majority of actual human language use. Of course that's true of a lot of NLP research, but certainly not of the entire field, at least since computational discourse analysis became an area of study in the '70s.
That's a bloody bad idea.
The moment that humanity cracks that code, is the time that the aliens know we've deleloped sentient computers, are now a threat, and so it's time to destroy the Earth.
Or it's a practical joke, and designed to send our nascent sentient computers insane. In which case we also lose, as we're stuck on the planet with them - while they deploy all the drones, robots and internet 'o' things crap in an effort to destroy us.
"I'll trust Parsey McParseface when it can make sense of Marsy AManFromMarsface posts."
Parsey McParseface is attempting to reach the level of understanding that humans have about sentences.... I therefore find it a bit unfair to expect a computer to reach the level of understanding whereby it can understand AManFromMars when mere humans cannot - and further..... I'll probably shit my pants when it happens because Skyne, death, destruction etc etc.
“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,” Petrov writes
And that's assuming no major grammatical errors or mistakes due to "second language" issues. Given the deplorable spelling and grammar exhibited by much of the internet generation, the problem may be even worse than Petrov states. Of course, it is possible he factored that in with the phrase "or even tens of thousands."
amanfromMars 1 may be posted by an Artificial Intelligence. If so, these posts have passed a Turing Test.
Sorry if I'm wrong but how am I to know?
The definite possibilities arise of chatbots talking with each other and being almost interpreted syntactically [if that is a word].
In the meantime a good example is;
HuBBuNZ uHLLuH TuhM
which was not searchable until after I wrote it and yet got it from a website!
I think as long as we have left-over hippies from the 1960s prophesying Peak Oil, we have something that tops up the "Peak X" phrase. (If any aging hippies are reading this, btw, the problem is not Peak Oil, the problem is Not Peak Oil. The fossil fuels (to a first approximation) aren't going to run out.)
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