Google's AI chief steps down, Apple hires him the next day

In a bid to catch up with its AI rivals, Apple has managed to hook Google's AI chief.

Neither Cook nor Giannandrea have made any public statements about the future direction of Apple's machine-learning and AI strategy.

"Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear", Cook told staff.

This was most apparent in a recent expose by The Information on the inner working of Siri and why, since its arrival seven years ago, it hasn't quite blossomed into the smart assistant Apple had envisioned.

Forum discussion at Twitter. The move comes even as Google and Amazon take the lead in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, especially in consumer products, while Apple is seen as lagging behind. When news broke yesterday that Giannandrea was unexpectedly stepping down as Google's AI chief, he immediately became perhaps the most eligible tech executive on the market. Google acquired Metaweb in 2010 and turned its technology into its Knowledge Graph, the blurbs of information provided as the result of a Google search whenever typing in a person, place, or thing.

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Thousands of Google employees have signed on to a letter demanding that the company withdraw from its work on a Pentagon project that builds machine learning technology that could be used for drone warfare. Giannandrea will focus on AI technology that supports Siri, while Federighi will likely still oversee the user-facing components.

On Friday Patently Apple posted a report titled "A new Analytical Report Claims that Apple is on a Wild Hiring Spree for Engineers that Could Boost Siri's Popularity".

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. Giannandrea will stay at the company, according to TechCrunch. Apple, which pioneered smartphones and tablets, has lagged behind Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Microsoft AI. On the other hand, Apple wants to improve its AI algorithm with a strict stand against data breach.

But Apple's AI efforts have been limited by the company's strong stance on protecting the privacy of people who use its online services and devices.

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