Apple picks up Google exec in artificial intelligence quest

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The Scotland native and Metaweb co-founder, who supplied the underlying technology of Google's Knowledge Graph before leading the search and machine learning teams, apparently shares Apple's "commitment to privacy" and its "thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal". "Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear". Giannandrea, who took the role of Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google from Amit Singhal in early 2016, will report directly to Cook. Under his command, Google Brain, the company's main AI research team, has rebuilt the technology that underpins some of Google's landmark products, including search, translation and voice recognition. Arming them with virtual lasers and putting them in a virtual environment full of green "apples", they were tasked with gathering more than the other, while fending each other off.

Prior to joining Apple, Giannandrea spent 10 years at Google, joining the company following Google's acquisition of Metaweb, a startup where he worked as a chief technology officer. A report last month from The Information discussed myriad internal and management problems that have plagued development of Siri and partly explain why it has fallen behind Google Assistant and Alexa.

But the voice assistant competition has felt like a two-horse race for a while now, with Siri relegated to the sidelines despite Apple having recently brought out a smart speaker of its own, the HomePod. He'll also report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook, illustrating how important the new role is in Cupertino.

Microsoft, Google and Amazon have already made huge technological advancements when it comes to artificial intelligence and Apple has been left behind.

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In an emailed statement to The Hill, a Google spokesperson said that the company appreciated that some of its employees had strong feelings about its defense work, but emphasized that the program does not involve building weapons for the military.

Siri isn't the only way Apple can use artificial intelligence. According to The Verge, while Apple follows strict ethical norms in data collection and user privacy, it has harmed the organization's ability to match other Silicon Valley giants.

"What I object to is this assumption that we will leap to some kind of superintelligent system that will then make humans obsolete", he said to the MIT Tech Review "I understand why people are concerned about it but I think it's gotten way too much airtime".