In an effort to keep up with its competitors in the fields of search and AI, Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google’s head of search and artificial intelligence.
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Android P is the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, and it’s been available to test as a Developer Preview on the company’s Pixel phones for about a month now. I flashed the preview on my Pixel 2 XL a few weeks ago and have been using the phone as my daily driver since.
Overall, this is easily the most polished day-one build Google has released. I’m not having any battery drain issues, annoying app crashes, or random reboots.
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Google’s AI Experiments are fun showcases for feats of artificial intelligence the company’s research has enabled. Scrying Pen is a new one that uses algorithms trained by data from 2016’s Quick, Draw! experiment to show a path to draw one of a set of objects, like a cat or a hand.
Scrying Pen analyzes your inputs to try to predict what you’ll draw next in the context of the model you’ve selected, displaying a number of its best guesses as to your next moves as green lines.
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In a surprise move, Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea stepped down on Monday. Yesterday, it was reported that he’d been hired by Apple. Giannandrea had been with Google since its acquisition of startup Metaweb in 2010.
Metaweb was working on a “database of the world’s knowledge,” according to the New York Times; after its acquisition, the startup’s technology was eventually folded into Google search, helping the engine answer certain questions without the user ever having to navigate to any external sites.
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Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence John Giannandrea, reports The New York Times. The outlet has obtained an internal email from Tim Cook, who tells employees “John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal.”… Read the rest of this post here
Back in 2011, Apple introduced Siri with a whole lot of fanfare when it unveiled the iPhone 4s. Positioned as the iPhone’s new flagship feature, the iPhone 4s launch itself was pushed back by a few months so that Apple could iron out a few of lingering performance issues with Siri. And though the Siri launch had its fair share of hiccups, Apple’s intelligent assistant has improved considerably over the past few years.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that competing intelligent assistants from the likes of Amazon and Google have seemingly lapped Siri across a number of different performance metrics. While the exact reasons behind Siri’s fall from grace can be debated — some point to Apple’s obsession with user privacy — a recent report from The Information articulated that political in-fighting has been hindering the Siri team for years.
The report reads in part:
Siri’s various teams morphed into an unwieldy apparatus that engaged in petty turf battles and heated arguments over what an ideal version of Siri should be—a quick and accurate information fetcher or a conversant and intuitive assistant capable of complex tasks.
Apple, at the very least, seems to be aware that Siri performance needs to be improved in a fundamental way. Case in point: The New York Times is now reporting that Apple recently hired John Giannandrea, Google’s former chief of search and AI. At Apple, Giannandrea will reportedly head up the company’s machine learning and AI initiatives. And speaking to the importance of his role, Giannandrea will report directly to Tim Cook.
The Times report reads in part:
The hire is a victory for Apple, which many Silicon Valley executives and analysts view as lagging its peers in artificial intelligence, an increasingly crucial technology for companies that enable computers to handle more complex tasks, like understanding voice commands or identifying people in images.
Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see if Siri can eventually make up significant ground as it seeks to catch up to Siri and Alexa. The Giannandrea hire will certainly help and it remains to be seen if Apple will have any Siri performance improvements to divulge when WWDC rolls around this coming June.
As a final point, it stands to reason that Giannandrea will also play a prominent role in Apple’s self-driving car efforts, an initiative that Tim Cook previously categorized as the “mother of all AI projects.”
John Giannandrea used to be in charge of Google’s artificial intelligence division, but now he works for Apple. He’s leading the drive to make the company’s Siri voice assistant smarter, a goal many would agree is overdue. This is the most high-profile move yet in a ongoing drive to hire more talent for the Siri […]