In April Patently Apple posted a report titled “Bingo! Apple Hires Google’s AI Chief, a move that should translate into Siri Catching up with Leading Digital Assistants.” Today we’re learning that Apple is creating a new AI/ML team that brings together its Core ML and Siri teams under one leader, John Giannandrea.
Apple confirmed this morning that the combined Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning team, which houses Siri, will be led by the recent hire, who came to Apple this year after an eight-year stint at Google, where he led the Machine Intelligence, Research and Search teams. Before that he founded Metaweb Technologies and Tellme.
The internal structures of the Siri and Core ML teams will remain the same, but they will now answer to Giannandrea. Apple’s internal structure means that the teams will likely remain integrated across the org as they’re wedded to various projects, including developer tools, mapping, Core OS and more. ML is everywhere, basically.
The Siri and ML teams at Apple, though sharing many common goals, grew up separately. Given that “AI” in general is so central to Apple’s efforts across a bunch of different initiatives, it makes sense to have one, experienced person to be the buck stopper. For more read the full TechCrunch report.
If you’re not familiar with John Giannandrea’s work with AI, then take some time when you can to view the TechCrunch Disrupt video.
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