“‘Apple is not hiring only in the managerial level, but hiring also people on the team-leading level and the researcher level,’ says Abdel-rahman Mohamed, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto, who was courted by Apple. ‘They’re building a very strong team for speech recognition research,'” McMillan reports. “Ron Brachman, who oversees research at Yahoo and helped launch the project that originally gave rise to Siri, points out that Apple’s digital iPhone assistant depends on a lot more than just speech recognition. But Microsoft’s Peter Lee gives Apple six months to catch up to Microsoft and Google and start using neural nets, and he thinks this will significantly boost Siri’s talents. ‘All of the major players have switched over except for Apple Siri,’ he says. ‘I think it’s just a matter of time.'”
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