In a report from The New York Times, Apple’s latest hire to bolster its AI efforts comes from Google in the form of John Giannandrea, Google’s (former) chief of search and AI. In an email sent to employees by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and obtained by the publication, “Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear. John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal.”
It is unclear as to what kind of role Giannandrea will play at Apple, but given his experience with AI at Google, there is a good chance that he will be contributing to Apple’s AI efforts, whether that be at improving Siri or just exploring the potential use of AI in general. However like we said, this hiring seems to be hot on the heels of reports of Siri being overhauled, so it doesn’t seem like a coincidence.