In a big win for Apple, the company has hired away Google’s Chief of Search and Artificial Intelligence. John Giannandrea will run Apple’s machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy. The news was first reported by The New York Times.
In an email to employees, Cook discussed Giannandrea’s hire:
“Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear,” Mr. Cook said Tuesday morning in an email to staff members obtained by The New York Times. “John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal.”
Giannandrea joined Google in 2010 when the company purchased Metaweb.
The hire comes at a time where Apple is widely seen to be trailing in its artificial intelligence efforts with a privacy-first focus. A recent article detailed the development issues with Siri.