Apple has poached another of Google’s top AI researchers

Apple brought in another top intelligence researcher as part of a battle between high-tech companies and one of the leading artificial intelligence researchers to attract the best artificial intelligence talent.

Ian Goodfellow is one of the most famous figures in artificial intelligence, and has worked for both OpenAI and Lab previously founded by Google and Elon Musk. However, Goodfellow, first reported by CNBC recently updated his LinkedIn profile recently to inform him that he is working as director of mechanical learning at Apple's special project group.

It's not the first time that iPhone has used Google as an AI talent incubator, and iPhonemaker is attracting the head of Google's AI, John Giannandrea, in April, former president of Goodfellow.

Artificial intelligence is a core technology of high technology companies and finding a researcher who can develop cutting edge products is a big challenge. While Google is generally considered the world's best AI company, Apple uses this technology throughout the product to support everything from face recognition to photo shoots. The company is also working to develop autonomous systems for automobiles. This project definitely requires the best artificial intelligence engineers.


apple has poached another of googles top ai researchers

Goodfellow is well known for inventing GANs, an excellent AI network type for creating fake visual images like the above faces.

Goodfellow, 34, has too much influence to become a young researcher. But he is famous for his research, which invented a generative adversarial network or a sort of AI system known as the GAN.

The GAN is a two-part network of constructors and discriminators. The generator is trained on a set of data and then attempts to replicate. It shows the work on a discriminator to distinguish training data sets from new ones. If you can tell the difference, send the generator back to the drawing board and try again.

This sounds abstract, but the GAN proved to be a surprisingly productive little system. They are especially useful when generating fake photos, videos, audio, and text. Artificial intelligence generated portrait of imaginary people? It was GAN. Software to turn graffiti into a realistic picture? Again GANs.

This does not necessarily suggest that Apple has any special interest in creating fake portraits or landscapes, but it shows that Goodfellow's work has an impact on the whole area of ​​AI. He is definitely some kind of person you want in your team. And perhaps GAN can finally improve Apple's assistant AI assistant, Siri.

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