A Top Google Executive Is Leaving For Apple

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He added, "John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal".

In March, technology site The Information detailed seven years of infighting within the Siri team at Apple, with multiple attempts to reorganise the basic technology that underpins the feature falling prey to internal politics which limited attempts to improve the overall product.

Mr. Giannandrea, who joined Google back in 2010 when the Mountain View, California search-giant acquired Metaweb (where he served as Chief Technical Officer), is revered for his contributions in helping Google integrate AI throughout its software/hardware products including Google search, Google Assistant, Gmail and more.

Apple has hired Google's head of search and artificial intelligence, in a major win for the former company's efforts to step up its AI efforts.




Many of those hires will no doubt report either directly or indirectly to Giannandrea as he takes the reins at Apple.

Regardless, hopefully Giannandrea's arrival will bring some much-needed progress to Apple's AI division, and help make the next generation of voice assistant AI a reality. "So we are expanding Rolling Study Halls to reach thousands of more students across 16 more school districts, focused on rural communities", the company said in a blog post on Monday. Apple's latest hire is a real doozie that sends a clear message that Siri will get it's act together because the SVP of Google Engineering behind the Google Assistant is now onboard. He will also attract and recruit the top-tier talent that Apple has been lacking. In fact, Google directly banned its employees from publishing any of their AI research.

Hiring the former Google exec has been called a massive victory for Apple. Siri also lags behind Amazon's Alexa which is now the leader in the smart home industry. Apple stresses user privacy to a greater degree than Google, which offers free and ad-supported services with the understanding that Google might use your data to improve its technology.

On the debate over whether humanity should be anxious about the rapidly accelerating improvements in AI, Giannandrea told MIT Technology Review in an interview a year ago that the concerns were overblown.

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