Apple scoops up another AI renegade from Google

From Reuters’ “Apple hires ex-Google AI scientist who resigned after colleagues’ firings” posted Monday evening:

Apple said on Monday it has hired former distinguished Google scientist Samy Bengio, who left the search giant amid turmoil in its artificial intelligence research department.

Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, two people familiar with the matter said. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after spending about eight years at Google…

As one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research team, Bengio advanced the “deep learning” algorithms that underpin today’s AI systems for analyzing images, speech and other data.

My take: Deep learning scientists are not easy to come by, especially scientists who have spent 14 years doing AI for Google.


  1. Roger Schutte said:
    Considering how accurate the ‘I’m not a robot’ reCaptcha service is, I’m not sure Apple should be hiring too many more of Google’s AI experts.

    May 3, 2021
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    Cross pollination leads to, hopefully, better, stronger strains. If Apple hired him they must think better will be the result.

    May 3, 2021
  3. Dr. Bengio knew enough about Neural Networks in 1993 to earn a PhD from the Université de Montréal in the subject. 8 years at IDAP in Switzerland teaching computers to speak, see and learn. He’s a brilliant hire. Apple AI efforts will see a huge boost from his presence. Let’s hope Google doesn’t file a lawsuit over the origins of some new AI feature down the road…
    Watch facial recognition reach new levels at Apple. Issues with built-in bias underpinned the exodus at Google AI.

    May 4, 2021

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