Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said Monday that it has hired former well-known Google scientist (GOOGL.O) Sami Bengio, who has left the search giant due to turmoil in its artificial intelligence research department.
Bengio is expected to lead Apple’s new AI research unit under the leadership of John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, two people familiar with the matter said. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after about eight years at Google.
Apple declined to comment on Bengio’s role. Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.
Bengio, who left Google last week after about 14 years, said last month that he is pursuing “other interesting opportunities.”
His decision follows Google’s firing in recent months by fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell after allegations that she transferred electronic files from the company, and Timnit Gebra after she threatened to resign rather than withdraw the article.
Mitchell and Gebru have jointly led a group researching ethical issues in AI and have expressed concerns about the diversity of jobs at Google and the approach to research analysis. Bengio expressed support for the pair. read more
As one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research group, Bengio developed the “deep learning” algorithms that underlie modern artificial intelligence systems for analyzing images, speech and other data.
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