Apple has hired Samy Bengio, a key AI researcher who previously worked at Google. Bengio will lead the “new AI research unit” within Apple, according to a recent Reuters report. Apple hires away from the search giants.
Bengio will work directly under John Giannandrea, Apple’s senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy.Giannandrea was an AI leader at Google (he worked there for eight years) before jumping to Apple for the year. We interviewed him last year about the growing role of machine learning in Apple software and services.
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Bengio was part of a group of AI experts leaving Google to protest the company’s protest of its own AI ethical researchers (Margaret Mitchell and Timnit Gebru) after researchers raised concerns about Google’s diversity and approach. In an ethical discussion on the use of AI and new machines, Bengio voiced support for Mitchell and Gebru, and he left his own commitment after they were released.
In the 14 years at Google, Bengio has been working on AI applications such as speech and image analysis, for example.Both Bengio and Apple did not say exactly what he would be researching about his new role in Cupertino.