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Apple hires former Google exec to head up AI strategy

Apple hires former Google exec to head up AI strategy

John Giannandrea previously served as Google's top artificial intelligence executive

Apple has hired a prominent artificial intelligence (AI) executive who recently left Google in a bid to boost its Siri voice assistant and other offerings powered by the technology.

Apple confirmed that John Giannandrea, who previously served as Google's top artificial intelligence executive, will join the company later this month as its chief of machine learning and AI strategy, reporting to CEO, Tim Cook. 

The New York Times previously reported the move.

The hiring of Giannandrea is important because the Cupertino-based company is widely viewed as lagging its rivals in key areas of artificial intelligence. 

Though Siri made its debut in 2011 well before other voice assistants, Amazon.com Inc's Alexa and Alphabet Inc's Google Assistant have rapidly gained ground with consumers.

Apple has taken a number of steps to remedy that. In 2016, it hired prominent artificial intelligence researchers Carlos Guestrin from the University of Washington and Russ Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon University.

And last year, Apple transferred responsibility for Siri from content chief Eddy Cue to operating systems chief Craig Federighi, a sign that the company was looking to embed the voice assistant more deeply into its core systems. 

Apple also last year added more capabilities to Siri behind the scenes, including the ability to securely share some user information between Apple devices that a user has signed into.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)


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