Apple hires former Google AI chief John Giannandrea

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The multinational has just incurred a great loss by losing one of the great minds at Google, John Giannandrea, former head of Artificial Intelligence.

Apple's artificial intelligence (AI) unit will get a big boost as John Giannandrea, who is Google's former head of search and AI, is all set to join the Cupertino-based technology giant. As per reports, Giannandrea will be the leader in machine learning and AI strategy at Apple.

"Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear", Cook was quoted as saying.

Users have often spoken of what they view as Siri's inferior quality when compared to Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa.

Apple can't afford to keep lagging behind in this space, especially now that it's asking even more of Siri with the HomePod.

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Microsoft, Google and Amazon have already made huge technological advancements when it comes to artificial intelligence and Apple has been left behind.

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While Apple has all the tools in place to take on Google Assistant, the implementation isn't quite there yet.

Giannandrea's departure from his role as Google's AI chief was confirmed Tuesday.

Craig Federighi, a senior software executive at Apple, took over the Siri division previous year. In fact, Google directly banned its employees from publishing any of their AI research.

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.

At Google, Giannandrea became head of machine learning research, and oversaw projects foundational to Google's current AI pursuits, like work on the company's Photos app, creation of voice-recognition software, and its self-driving auto project. Both firms have employed hundreds of researchers working across different domains that frequently publishes substantive papers that help inform internal products and the collective AI research community at large.

While Google has a "deep bench" in AI, the move is still a loss for Google and a win for Apple.

Apple has said it wants to be able to train the neural networks behind its AI efforts without compromising the company's ethical stance on user privacy, and it will be Giannandrea's job to make that happen.

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