Apple said on Monday that it has hired former prominent Google scientist Samy Bengio, who left the search giant amidst the turmoil in the artificial intelligence research department.
Two people familiar with the matter said that Bengio is expected to lead Apple’s new AI research department, which will be led by John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after working at Google for about eight years.
Apple declined to comment on Bengio’s role. Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.
Bengio, who left Google last week about 14 years later, said last month that he was seeking “other exciting opportunities.”
His decision was made after Google was fired by scientist Margaret Mitchell in recent months, after she accused her of threatening to withdraw instead of withdrawing the paper, thereby removing the electronic file from the company. Transferred out, and Timnit Gebru (Timnit Gebru) was also transferred out.
Mitchell and Gebru co-led a team researching ethical issues in artificial intelligence and expressed concerns about Google’s workplace diversity and censorship research methods. Bengio supported this.
As one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research team, Bengio proposed the “deep learning” algorithm, which is the basis of today’s AI systems used to analyze images, speech, and other data.
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