The battle between two tech giants, Apple and Google, ensues as Apple hired John Giannandrea from Google, where he was Chief of Search and Artificial intelligence.
“Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear,” Cook wrote April 3 in an email to staff members obtained by The New York Times. “John shares our commitment to privacy, and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal.”
Giannandrea “will run Apple’s machine learning and AI strategy,” according to reports. He will also report directly to the company’s CEO, Tim Cook.
John joined Google in 2010, where he led the company’s search work and was instrumental in integrating AI throughout Internet search, Gmail, and its own Google Assistant. During his tenure, artificial intelligence research became increasingly crucial inside Google. At Google’s AI lab, Google Brain, John moved into a space located next to CEO Sundar Pichai. Before joining Google, Giannandrea had stints at Netscape and General Magic.
Google is currently considered the leader of the AI industry. Its data, computing power, and talent put it ahead of its competitors. Google Brain, specifically, has been successful not only in improving machine learning but also in making machine-learning advances profitable. Because it is so successful on the AI front, Google employees don’t tend to leave to other companies. Google has always taken machine learning seriously, and this dedication has reflected in the visible results.
Apple, on the other hand, appears to be lagging far behind other tech giants, such as Amazon, IBM, Google, and Microsoft on the digital assistants and AI development front.
This move is a massive win in Apple’s books and can exponentially transform its efforts and stand in the AI and machine learning landscape.