Apple Hires Google's Artificial Intelligence Chief John Giannandrea

| April 4 , 2018 , 17:14 IST

In yet another surprising turn of events, tech giant Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's Head of Search and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to lead the company's Machine Learning (ML) and AI strategy.

Giannandrea, who worked as Google’s senior VP of Engineering division had stepped down from his position as head of the Search and AI units only a few days ago. 

53-year-old Giannandrea will be one of the 16 executives who report directly to Tim Cook, CEO at Apple.

"Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold. John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal," Cook said in an email to his team members on Tuesday.

Giannandrea had joined Google in 2010 after the company acquired his startup Metaweb Technologies and took the role of senior vice president of Engineering from Amit Singhal in early 2016, signalling Google’s emphasis on weaving ML and AI into Search.

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