Google’s Artificial-Intelligence Tool Is Offered for Free
by DANIELA HERNANDEZ @WSJ
Meet Parsey McParseface, a whimsically named computer program that helps machines understand written English.
Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Google is offering the code, and SyntaxNet—the software programming toolkit that it is part of—free for anyone to distribute or modify, according to a company blog post on Thursday.
“Our hope is that people will just use this instead of building their own,” said Dave Orr,SyntaxNet’s product manager. “They don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”
SyntaxNet is the latest among artificial-intelligence software systems to be released by large tech companies under an open-source license, which allows anyone to access, use and tweak the software. This week, Amazon.com Inc. made its Deep Scalable Sparse Tensor Network Engine available on the online code repository GitHub.
Ann Goldstein: A Star Italian Translator
By JENNIFER MALONEY @WSJ
One evening this past September, more than 300 people squeezed into a narrow room at BookCourt bookstore in Brooklyn for the launch of “The Story of the Lost Child,” by Italian author Elena Ferrante. The author, whose true identity is a closely held secret, was absent. Instead, the crowd whooped and cheered for the headliner of the evening: the book’s translator, Ann Goldstein.
Translators rarely achieve celebrity status. But as Ms. Ferrante’s star has risen, so too has Ms. Goldstein’s. Her English translations of the four books in Ms. Ferrante’s Neapolitan series have sold more than a million copies in North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. Ms. Goldstein, 66 years old, is now one of the most sought-after translators of Italian literature. Last fall, she celebrated the completion of a gargantuan project: “The Complete Works of Primo Levi,” a 3,000-page collection for which she oversaw nine translators and translated three out of 14 books herself. This year, she expects to see the release of five of her translations, including “In Other Words,” a memoir by the American Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri, which Ms. Lahiri wrote in Italian. “Frantumaglia,” a collection of interviews and writings by Ms. Ferrante, will also be released this year.
Raytheon Company to showcase space mission expertise
DULLES, Va., April 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will showcase its capabilities across the space domain at the 32nd Space Symposium, the premier gathering of the global space community, held April 11-14 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
From space flight training and launch range management to advanced, space-based earth monitoring, satellite ground control and data analytics, Raytheon offers advanced technology and services across the space value chain.