Apple hires Google's chief of search and artificial intelligence

According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's now-former chief of search and artificial intelligence. He will reportedly take over the company's efforts in machine learning and A.I.

Apple said on Tuesday that Mr. Giannandrea will run Apple's "machine learning and A.I. strategy," and become one of 16 executives who report directly to Apple's chief executive, Timothy D. Cook.

Perhaps sensing the concern some might have for an artificial intelligence expert from Google joining the famously privacy-focused company, Tim Cook seemed to quell concerns in an email to Apple employees:

"Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear. John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal."

Apple's balance between customer data protection and advances in A.I. and machine learning is a common topic among pundits. The company has been criticized for not placing enough focus on advances in artificial intelligence. Hiring the guy in charge of A.I. at a company that regularly receives props for its A.I. and machine learning features is quite the move.

Mikah Sargent is Senior Editor at Mobile Nations. When he's not bothering his chihuahuas, Mikah spends entirely too much time and money on HomeKit products. You can follow him on Twitter at @mikahsargent if you're so inclined.

2 Comments
  • Presumably this hire will be restricted from engaging in research or development which overlap his functions performed at Google, much like the old Mark Papermaster hire at Apple.
  • "Hiring the guy in charge of A.I. at a company that regularly receives props for its A.I. and machine learning features is quite the move." Hiring the guy in charge of AI from an advertising company that is heavily invested in tracking users and harvesting as much data about them as possible is quite the move for a company that claims to care about privacy.