Apple hires Ian Goodfellow as director of machine learning to build out a quickly growing team focused on the development of AI.
Ian Goodfellow, Author of "Deep Learning" and one of the best minds in artificial intelligence at Google, has joined Apple in a director role. He announced the change in employment in an update to his LinkedIn profile on Thursday, reports CNBC.
He is a researcher working in machine learning, currently employed at Apple Inc. as its director of machine learning in the Special Projects Group. In addition to developing AI for features like FaceID and Siri, Apple also has been working on autonomous driving technology. He was previously employed as a research scientist at Google Brain. He has made several contributions to the field of deep learning.
He is the father of an AI approach known as generative adversarial networks (GANs). The approach draws on two networks, one known as a generative network and the other known as a discriminative network, and can be used to come up with unusual and creative outputs in the form of audio, video and text.
He got his PhD at the University of Montreal in 2014, and since then he has worked at Open AI and Google. At Open AI he was paid more than $800,000, according to a tax filing.
At Google Goodfellow did work around GANs and security, including an area known as adversarial attacks. People working on AI at Apple have previously done research that drew on the GAN technology.
Apple has in the past dipped into Google's pool of AI experts. Most notably, the iPhone maker hired Google's former head of AI and search John Giannandrea to lead the company's AI efforts as senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy.
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