Apple Inc said on Monday it has hired former notables Google The scientist Samy Bengio, who left the search giant in the midst of the turbulence in his 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 strategy. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after spending about 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 pursuing “other exciting opportunities”. His decision followed Google’s layoffs of Margaret Mitchell in recent months after claiming she transferred electronic files from the company and Timnit Gebru after threatening to quit instead of withdrawing a paper.
Mitchell and Gebru had jointly led a team working on ethical issues in AI, and expressed concern about the diversity of workplaces and Google’s approach to reviewing research. Bengio had expressed his support for the couple. As one of the first leaders of the Google Brain research team, Bengio further developed the “deep learning” algorithms on which today’s AI systems for analyzing images, speech and other data are based.