Apple Stokes Artificial Intelligence Talent Battle With Google Hire

Apple Stokes Artificial Intelligence Talent Battle With Google Hire

Talking about the future of the technology, John Giannandrea also mentioned the possibility of personalized "pervasive computing", where the capacities of the computer to assist humans would be infused in the entire environment rather than shrinking into the mobile phones. 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.

At Google, Giannandrea, a senior vice president, was involved in the push to integrate artificial intelligence throughout Google products, including internet search, Gmail, and Google Assistant. The hire is an absolute victory for Apple.

Even with Apple's newfound focus on AI, Giannandrea may find his job is harder than it was at Google.

This lack of data might have hampered the company's work as machine learning algorithms require massive amounts of "training data" in order to be able to function well - but Mr Giannandrea's hire is unlikely to change this approach.

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The company will also allow users to completely delete their Apple IDs, which was earlier possible only by contacting the company.

As Alexa and Google Assistant hog the limelight with their intelligence, Apple finds itself on the back foot - especially after launching its HomePod smart speaker with a version of Siri inferior to that on iPhones and Macs.

Currently, both Google and Facebook are powerhouses when talking about AI, followed by Amazon and Microsoft.

Giannandrea joined the search giant in 2010 when Google acquired Metaweb, a company that he co-founded.

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Giannandrea's contribution to Google includes the development of the Ask Jeeves-style functionality that now enables Google search to provide more precise responses to user questions. Only in the a year ago or so has Apple loosen its grip on its researchers enough to allow them to publish papers in the AI community.

Machine-learning talent in Silicon Valley is in short supply, and qualified experts have been offered millions of dollars to jump from Google to other tech companies.

When it comes to concerns of the rapid advancements of AI technology, Giannandrea has previously said in an MIT interview, "I understand why people are concerned about it but I think it's gotten way too much airtime".

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