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Apple Hires Former Google Head Of AI

Apple Hires Former Google Head Of AI

Giannandrea, who will be reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook, is being hired at a time when Apple is facing criticism over Siri's shortcomings when compared to competitors. He added, "John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal".

The conventional wisdom is that Apple is a laggard in the race to infuse consumer technology with artificial intelligence. Giannandrea had been at Google since 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile, and in 2016 began to head up Google's search team.

Apple has made a crucial hire away from with John Giannandrea, who previously served as the search at Google.

Considered a highly desired executive, especially as A.I. seems to steadily grow in prevalence and importance, John Giannandrea will help spearhead Apple's machine learning and A.I. strategy.

Currently, both Google and Facebook are powerhouses when talking about AI, followed by Amazon and Microsoft. Apple has been noticeably quiet about its developments on the AI front, despite once being seen as an early mover in the space with the creation of its voice-based digital assistant Siri. Apple has hired John Giannandrea, appointing him to be the company's first senior vice president of AI, according to one report. He will also attract and recruit the top-tier talent that Apple has been lacking. Only in the past year or so has Apple loosen its grip on its researchers enough to allow them to publish papers in the AI community. The company is looking to hire over 150 people for its Siri team to catch up with the juggernauts. When Giannandrea announced last week that we was stepping down from Google, he was most likely bombarded with job offers.

A Google representative said in a statement that the company's work with the Pentagon is "specifically scoped to be for non-offensive purposes". The same is also expected to improve the capabilities of Siri that has always lagged behind its peers so far as AI capabilities are concerned.

While Apple wants to explore building services with neural networks, it wants to do so without compromising the privacy of user data. Machine learning experts are in high demand in Silicon Valley, with salaries often exceeding eight figures. In an October 2017 interview with MIT Technology Review, Giannandrea pushed back on Elon Musk's prediction that artificial intelligence could possibly lead mankind into a new world war.