“In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year’s biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference. Thousands of researchers from universities and software companies gather to share their work and wrestle with new ways to tailor software to people’s habits,” Jack Clark writes for Bloomberg Businessweek. ” At last year’s conference in Montreal, employees of Google, Microsoft, and IBM presented papers on teaching computers to work faster and smarter, such as by reading the house numbers in a photo to determine an address. But one player was conspicuously absent: Apple. This year, Chinese search giant Baidu and Facebook, along with Google and Microsoft, are slated to present papers. Apple isn’t.”

“Apple researchers attended the Montreal conference last year but kept a low profile and didn’t say who they worked for unless asked, says Yoshua Bengio, an AI pioneer and professor of computer science at the University of Montreal,” Clark writes. “This is typical of the company’s appearances at the field’s big AI conferences, say Bengio and other prominent researchers. ‘Apple is off the scale in terms of secrecy,’ says Richard Zemel, a professor in the computer science department at the University of Toronto. ‘They’re completely out of the loop.'”

“Other big consumer-software companies have set up research centers staffed with dozens or hundreds of AI experts from around the world, racing to publish findings,” Clark writes. “For years, the fortunes of the world’s most valuable company have been associated with its opacity. But its biggest AI success to date has been buying Siri from a startup in 2010. Apple Maps still lags the predictive capabilities of similar software. ‘There’s no way they can just observe and not be part of the community and take advantage of what is going on,’ Bengio says. ‘I believe if they don’t change their attitude, they will stay behind.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like somebody really wants to know what Apple’s working on.

Perhaps Apple penchant for secrecy is because they are damned sick and tired of being ripped off? Apple has been the wellspring for IP infringers the world over for over nearly 40 years now. Enough!