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Apple Lures More Google’s Top Experts To Join Its AI Team

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Apple sometime in the past hired former Google employee John Giannandrea and made him the senior vice president of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Strategy. After the offer, Apple said it’s going to be more serious with AI system.

Following the tech giant’s interest AI, it’s strategically moving towards hiring more AI experts from its major AI rival Google. Apple has named Ian Goodfellow as the Director of Machine Learning in the Special Projects Group last month.

Goodfellow was with Google from 2013 to 2016 and from 2017 and 2019. During the last five months of his employment with Google, he was a Senior Staff Research Scientist. He has also worked with the Elon Musk-funded AI research, non-profit OpenAI from 2016 to 2017.

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Goodfellow is precisely a guru in the area of inventing a form of machine learning training approach called ‘generative adversarial network’ (GAN). The technique pits two neural networks against each other to create photos and videos that look real. In fact, bad actors have been using GANs to generate “deepfake” media, most of which are AI-generated fake porn that borrows faces from famous celebrities.

The AI expert didn’t elaborate on what his position entails and what exactly he’ll be working on at Apple on his LinkedIn page. Apple’s Special Projects Group, however, is known for conjuring up next-generation technologies for the companies’ products and services.

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