Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Monday that it has hired former Google scientist (GOOGL.O) Sami Bengio, who left the search giant amid the turmoil in its artificial intelligence research department.
Benjo is expected to lead a new artificial intelligence research unit at Apple under John Gianandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy, two acquaintances said. Giannandrea joined Apple in 201
Apple declined to comment on Benjo’s role. Benjo did not respond to a request for comment.
Benjo, who left Google last week after about 14 years, said last month that he was pursuing “other exciting opportunities.”
His decision followed dismissals from Google in recent months of fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell, after she claimed to have transferred electronic files from the company and Timnit Gebru after threatening to leave instead of withdrawing the paper.
Mitchell and Gebru led a team researching ethical issues in AI and expressed concern about the diversity of the workplace and Google’s approach to reviewing research. Benjo had expressed support for the couple. Read more
As one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research team, Benjo perfected the “deep learning” algorithms that underlie today’s artificial intelligence systems for analyzing images, speech, and other data.
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