Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under the leadership of John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, said two people familiar with the matter.
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Apple Inc said Monday it has hired former distinguished Google scientist Samy Bengio, who left the search giant amid the turmoil of its artificial intelligence research department.
Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under the leadership of John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, said two people familiar with the matter. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after spending around 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 he was looking for “other exciting opportunities.”
His move follows Google’s dismissal in recent months of fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell after alleging she transferred electronic files out of the company and Timnit Gebru after threatening to quit rather than remove an item.
Mitchell and Gebru had co-led a research team on ethical issues in AI, and had expressed concern about the diversity in the workplace at Google and the approach to research review. Bengio had expressed his support for the pair.
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As one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research team, Bengio advanced the “deep learning” algorithms that underpin current AI systems for analyzing images, speech and other data.