It appears even in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI), the only real constant thing is change. In a fit of irony, the new chief of Apple Siri – as in the smart assistance – is the very former chief that handles all of Google AI work. How will this change affect Apple’s famous smart assistance, and how are things faring over at Google? What changes are in store for patrons of both tech giants?
In a surprising turn of events at Apple’s corporate office, it appears Apple has just stolen Google’s former boss of Artificial Intelligence and Search – and he’s now the one in charge of helping Siri grow. That’s right, John Giannandrea has become Apple’s newest Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy.
As head of machine learning and AI strategy, Giannandrea is in charge of just that. He now oversees Apple’s strategy for machine learning and artificial intelligence, and is now in charge of developing core machine learning technology for the company and of course to help Siri as well. Interestingly, Giannandrea also reports directly to Tim Cook, as in Apple’s current CEO.
This is a welcome course of action in the technology community, especially when reviewers and other consumers do believe Siri could use a bit of improvement with its state during the years. If Siri wants to compete with the likes of Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, Apple would have to do a lot of work from the ground up in order to make sure Siri is up to par with recent developments.
In fact, despite Siri’s status as the first and perhaps most popular virtual assistant, Google Assistant – something relatively new to the scene – is leaps and bounds more knowledgeable, accurate, and expansive than Siri. However, if there’s anything Apple is good at, it’s innovating already-existing designs. It’s interesting to see just what kind of spin they’ll do Siri now that Giannandrea is at the helm.
Giannandrea earned his degree of Bachelor of Science with Honors in Computer Science from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, the same Glasgow-based institution that also awarded him a Doctorate Honoris Causa. He’s currently part of the SETI Institute and Castilleja School’s board of trustees.
Apple has yet to give a comment on the issue, and has declined when prompted. Still, regardless of Apple’s silence, it’s interesting to see just what sort of changes Giannandrea would bring to Apple’s core machine learning slate – and especially to Siri’s growth.
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