Apple snags Google's top AI executive

Google's Giannandrea Steps Aside in AI Leadership Shuffle — The Information

The article noted how Apple's rivals at Amazon, Google and Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) spent much more time contributing to public conferences and engaging with the research community and suggested that this might be contributing to its developmental issues. The hire is an absolute victory for Apple.

In an emailed statement to The Hill, a Google spokesperson said that the company appreciated that some of its employees had strong feelings about its defense work, but emphasized that the program does not involve building weapons for the military.

It's not clear from statements and published reports why Giannandrea chose to leave Google or join Apple.

In the February release of the Singular ROI Index, Apple did rank as one of the top five-performing search ad companies, rising from No 23 in 2016 to No. 6 in 2017 on iOS.

"Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear", Apple's chief executive Tim Cook wrote in an email to staff obtained by The New York Times.

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Giannandrea's hiring is being widely viewed as a significant win for the iPad maker and demonstrates its intention to take on the likes of current AI leaders such as Google, Amazon and Facebook. Apple has products such as iPhones and HomePod smart speakers, but without a competitive voice assistant, they can only get so far in an AI-driven future.

In a change that led to the departure of Windows chief Terry Myerson, last week Microsoft announced plans to focus more on its cloud and AI services.

Apple, although was one of the first companies to pave way for voice-based digital assistants with Siri, it really never had the research data nor the resources to approach AI development as its rivals.

Giannandrea is a machine learning expert who, among other things, helped Google to build its Knowledge Graph, which serves as the main source of verified knowledge for products such as Google Search and Google Assistant. The company is said to be working on a privacy feature with a new Apple ID tool that will allow users to download all their personal information. Engineers with AI expertise are in high demand at the Silicon Valley right now, sometimes fetching salaries exceeding eight figures.

Giannandrea believes that AI won't make humans "obsolete", but is more concerned with the algorithmic bias that has already crept into many ML powered systems, as per an MIT Technology review.

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