New hire could be critical step toward attracting high-profile AI research talent to Apple

“Apple hired artificial intelligence expert Ruslan Salakhutdinov on Monday as director of AI research,” Gina Hall reports for Silicon Valley Business Journal. “Salakhutdinov is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he conducts research on deep learning. He also has expertise on probabilistic graphical models and large-scale optimization, according to his university profile.”

“In his [announcement] tweet, Salakhutdinov provided a link aimed at research scientists who might be interested in joining his team at Apple,” Hall reports. “The job description provided some insight as to what Salakhutdinov might be working on for the Cupertino-based company.”

Hall reports, “The Salakhutdinov hire could be a critical step toward attracting high-profile AI research talent to Apple.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We can’t wait to see the fruits of his labor!

We’ve been seeing over the last five years a growth of this inside Apple. Our devices are getting so much smarter at a quicker rate, especially with our Apple design A series chips. The back ends are getting so much smarter, faster, and everything we do finds some reason to be connected. This enables more and more machine learning techniques, because there is so much stuff to learn, and it’s available to [us]… We use these techniques to do the things we have always wanted to do, better than we’ve been able to do. And on new things we haven’t be able to do. It’s a technique that will ultimately be a very Apple way of doing things as it evolves inside Apple and in the ways we make products… Machine learning is enabling us to say yes to some things that in past years we would have said no to. It’s becoming embedded in the process of deciding the products we’re going to do next.Phil Schiller, August 2016

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  1. Before agreeing to work with Apple, Russ would have stipulated that he have a free hand in team building, and also, especially, that researchers be allowed to publish — something that Apple is coming to realise is critical to the developing science of statistical inference and its applications in machine learning and A.I. … new findings in such a transformative field can’t just be allowed to languish undeveloped in a secret Apple patent portfolio.

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