Apple Hires Google's Chief of Search and AI John Giannandrea

Katie Ramirez
April 4, 2018

Google Brain co-founder Jeff Dean will step in to Giannandrea's former role leading AI at the search giant.

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

Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's Chief of Search of AI, to lead its machine learning and A.I. efforts, reports the New York Times.

A machine learning expert, Giannandrea had joined Google in 2010 after the company acquired his startup Metaweb Technologies.

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Further, Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems. Though Apple's assistant has gradually improved over the years, it's still noticeably less advanced than Google and Amazon's digital assistants. The hire is a big win for Apple and could help the company catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals. "Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear", Cook told employees in an email this morning. 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. While the exact reasons behind Siri's fall from grace can be debated - some point to Apple's obsession with user privacy - a recent report from The Information articulated that political in-fighting has been hindering the Siri team for years.

Apple has also posted several job openings for engineers at its different offices globally. According to a report by Thinknum, the company has now 161 Siri-related job openings.

Siri, which earlier was available only on MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads, is now also seen on Apple's HomePod smart speaker.

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