Google's chief of AI is now working for Apple

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When news broke of Giannandrea's resignation from a very high-profile job at the world's top online search company, the reasons behind the decision weren't immediately clear. So on Monday, when Giannandrea was said to have left Google, he immediately became one of the sought-after free agents in technology - but it looks as if Apple had him locked up the entire time. The Google and Facebook along with Amazon and Microsoft are pioneering AI technology.

The Cupertino, Calif., company started its push into artificial intelligence with the 2011 debut of the Siri voice-controlled digital assistant.

"By entering into this contract, Google will join the ranks of companies like Palantir, Raytheon, and General Dynamics", wrote the employees, who include senior engineers.

Giannandrea stepped down from Google yesterday after years of heading up teams in a directive role, where he rarely got a chance to actually get his hands dirty.

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"Building this technology to assist the United States government in military surveillance - and potentially lethal outcomes - is not acceptable", wrote Google employees in an open letter. "John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal, " the email read. The technology would be used to flag images captured by drones for human review.

Apple also previous year added more capabilities to Siri behind the scenes, including the ability to securely share some user information between Apple devices that a user has signed into.

Google Assistant, along with Alexa and the Amazon Echo, have paved the way for the smart speaker market - something Apple recently entered with the Apple HomePod. "I just see no technological basis as to why this is imminent at all". Apple has long aimed to improve its algorithms without compromising its privacy policy, and the hire is one step closer to that goal. But, since neural networks which are required for deep learning and self-improving software requires huge chunks of data, Apple will still be at a slight disadvantage. This only leaves the company to work with publicly available sets of data - which is rather limited. The company segregated Giannandrea's role into two individual units, AI and search, now lead by Jeff Dean and Ben Gomes respectively.

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