Apple hires distinguished AI scientist Samy Bengio

In a statement Apple Inc said, it has hired Samy Bengio, a former distinguished Google scientist who left the search engine giant following a turmoil in its artificial intelligence research department.

Bengio is now set to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, said two sources who are familiar with the matter at hand.

Apple did not elaborate on Bengio’s role.

Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.

Bengio, who quit Google last week after spending 14 years in the company said, he was pursuing “other exciting opportunities”.

Bengio decision to quit Google came in the wake of recent firings at the search engine firm where fellow scientists including Margaret Mitchell quit following allegations that she transferred electronic files out of the company and following Timnit Gebru threatening to quit rather than retract a paper.

Incidentally, both Mitchell and Gebru had co-led a team researching issues surrounding ethics in artificial intelligence; both had voiced concerns about Google’s workplace diversity and approach to reviewing research. Bengio had expressed support for the pair.

Bengio was among the early leaders of Google’s Brain research team, and he had advanced “deep learning” algorithms that underpin today’s AI systems for analyzing images, speech and other data.

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