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Apple's 'Special Project' gets ex-Google AI expert

Google employee, Ian Goodfellow, has been roped in by Apple to work in its intriguing "Special Project" team. In April 2018, Apple also hired Goodfellow's former boss.

  • Published: April 6, 2019 1:00 PM IST
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In a race to gather top experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), another former Google employee, Ian Goodfellow, has been roped in by Apple to work in its intriguing “Special Project” team. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 heading to the stores soon, launch event still rumored on October 13

Goodfellow recently updated his LinkedIn profile to note that he is now working at Apple as a Director for Machine Learning (ML) at the company’s “Special Projects” group, The Verge reported on Thursday. One of the most prominent names in AI, Goodfellow has previously worked at both Google as well as the Elon Musk-founded lab OpenAI. Also Read - Apple iPhone 12 Mini could cost $700, lack 5G connectivity; Here’s everything we know about the compact smartphone

In April 2018, Apple also hired Goodfellow’s former boss, Google’s Head of AI John Giannandrea. Not just Google, Apple has also been on a spree, hiring former Tesla employees. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 3 users should wait before updating to watchOS 7; Here's why

Earlier this month, the iPhone-maker hired former Vice President of the electric powertrains at Tesla as the Senior Director of Engineering in its “Special Project Group”. The company is working to develop autonomous systems for vehicles, a project code-named “Titan” that requires top AI engineers, which explains Apple’s back-to-back hiring of top executives from other major companies.

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  • Published Date: April 6, 2019 1:00 PM IST



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