Apple will allow its artificial intelligence teams to publish research papers for the first time, marking a significant change in strategy that could help accelerate the iPhone maker's advances in deep learning. When Apple introduced its Siri virtual assistant in 2011, the company appeared to have a head start over many of its nearest competitors. But it has lost ground since then to the likes of Alphabet Inc.'s Google Assistant and Amazon.com Researchers say among the reasons Apple has failed to keep pace is its unwillingness to allow its AI engineers to publish scientific papers, stymieing its ability to feed off wider advances in the field. That policy has now changed, Russ Salakhutdinov, an Apple director of AI research, said last week at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Barcelona, Spain, according to Twitter posts from those present.
Apple Inc. hired a prominent artificial intelligence researcher from Carnegie Mellon University as it seeks to regain lost ground against competitors such as Google, Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com He posted a link to an Apple job application page seeking machine learning specialists. Apple is seeking scientists with "experience in Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Optimization, and/or Data Mining," it said in the job listing. So you can sleep an extra five minutes. Travel with us, drive with us, eat with us – around the world.
Apple hired Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon University in October. The ban on publication has hindered the company's ability to hire the best talent because researchers are often less willing to work in a secretive environment where they can't engage openly with others. To compensate for the hiring difficulties, Apple has bought a series of AI startups, spending $200 million on Seattle-based Turi Inc. earlier this year to add to half a dozen other acquisitions.
Microsoft Corp. said it will release a translation app for Windows and other operating systems from rivals Apple Inc. and Google, part of a broader race between the world's largest technology companies for supremacy in the field of artificial intelligence. The translator app, following a Skype translator service Microsoft unveiled in 2014, can convert nine spoken languages and 50 written ones, research executive Lili Cheng said at an event in San Francisco. The app relies on AI techniques like speech recognition and machine translation. So you can sleep an extra five minutes. What to eat, drink, wear and drive – in real life and your dreams.
Yoky Matsuoka, who joined Apple Inc. in May as an executive to help run health technology initiatives, has left the iPhone maker, according to people familiar with the matter. Matsuoka was hired to lead teams involved with the company's HealthKit tracking software, the CareKit tool for managing patient medical care, the ResearchKit framework for conducting medical studies via Apple devices, and related machine learning algorithms. Matsuoka reported to Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, who also runs the teams related to the Apple Watch, health research, and fitness applications. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Before joining Apple, Matsuoka led technology efforts as a vice president at Alphabet Inc.'s Nest Labs.