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.
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:
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.
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.
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