Apple has made a crucial hire away from with John Giannandrea, who previously served as the search at Google. Giannandrea and Google announced early this week that he was stepping down from his role, but exactly where Giannandrea was going was unknown at the time.
Apple has a very strict policy when it comes to the handling of personal data of its users. Sometimes that data protection policy is at odds with developing AI, because AI training requires vast amounts of data. Some believed that top AI talent was avoiding Apple because of that data protection policy. The hiring of
Giannandrea joined the search giant in 2010 when Google acquired Metaweb, a company that he co-founded. At the time Google purchased the company, Metaweb was working on a "semantic web" of linked information online and that work became the foundation of the Google knowledge graph. He had been the head of Google search for the last two years and was appointed to that position as Google rolled AI into products used by millions of people around the world.
With the departure from Google, two execs will replace Giannandrea with Jeff Dean running AI and Ben Gomes heading up