Apple Hires Google's Former AI Boss

"Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology". Arming them with virtual lasers and putting them in a virtual environment full of green "apples", they were tasked with gathering more than the other, while fending each other off. The hire is an absolute victory for Apple. As for what is happening at Google, the role that has been left has been split into two.

Many of those hires will no doubt report either directly or indirectly to Giannandrea as he takes the reins at Apple. Nonetheless, what really matters is that Apple is constantly looking to improve its smartphones and a great example of that is the addition of John Giannandrea to its team.

Google's Senior VP of Engineering John Giannandrea (L) and TechCrunch moderator Frederic Lardinois speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 at Pier 48 on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. On the contrary, the company didn't even publish AI research until 2016, a common practice among AI researchers at Facebook and Google.

Mr. Giannandrea helped integrate AI into Google's search platform, GMail, and Google Assistant, that company's digital assistant.

Software and services are now critical - for Siri in particular - to the continued competitiveness of Apple's product lineup, including the iPhone.

"Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear", Cook wrote in an email to the staff, which was obtained by the NYT.

Historically, Apple also had a much more limited access to user data than Google or Facebook due its corporate investment in privacy. He also said that Giannandrea shares its commitment to privacy and its thoughtful approach as it make computers even smarter and more personal.

Giannandrea joined Google in 2010 when the search giant bought his company Metaweb, which was working on what's called a "knowledge graph" - a tool that gives direct answers to search queries. Engineers with AI expertise are in high demand at the Silicon Valley right now, sometimes fetching salaries exceeding eight figures. "The technology is used to flag images for human review and is meant to save lives and save people from having to do highly tedious work".

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