Former Google AI Head Moves to Apple

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At the time, he said that more efforts are required to make computers smarter so that they can think better.

Talking about the future of the technology, John Giannandrea also mentioned the possibility of personalized "pervasive computing", where the capacities of the computer to assist humans would be infused in the entire environment rather than shrinking into the mobile phones.

On Monday, Google confirmed that Giannandrea would be stepping down, but said he'd be remaining at the company in another position.

A machine learning expert, Giannandrea had joined Google in 2010 after the company acquired his startup Metaweb Technologies.

The article noted how Apple's rivals at Amazon, Google and Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) spent much more time contributing to public conferences and engaging with the research community and suggested that this might be contributing to its developmental issues.

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Originally released way back in 2011, Siri hasn't been able to evolve at a similar pace as younger rivals Cortana, Alexa and the 2016-debuted Google Assistant. As Google's machine learning guru, Giannandrea helped integrate deep learning AI into a number of products, most prominently Google Assistant.

But the voice assistant competition has felt like a two-horse race for a while now, with Siri relegated to the sidelines despite Apple having recently brought out a smart speaker of its own, the HomePod.

Artificial intelligence has become Google's bread and butter over the last few years, and one of the brains leading the company's charge in this direction has been John Giannandrea. Now that John Giannandrea is with Apple, we can be sure that Apple will receive access to Google's prized information. However, it's unclear whether changes can be made in time for Apple's developer conference in June, where the company typically announces updates for its software, including Siri. Giannandrea will focus on AI technology that supports Siri, while Federighi will likely still oversee the user-facing components.

Apple, although the pioneer of personal virtual assistants with the likes of Siri, now lacks access to data as well as research talent to succeed in AI development.

Engineers with A.I. expertise are some of the most sought-after people in Silicon Valley, with salaries sometimes exceeding eight figures.