Apple gets another Google’s top artificial intelligence researcher, Ian Goodfellow who is one of the top minds in AI at Google has now joined Apple, first reported by CNBC. Before Google Ian worked with Elon Musk-founded lab OpenAI, in this regard, Ian updated its LinkedIn profile that he is now working at Apple as a director for machine learning at the company’s Special Projects group.
Apple has been continuously looking to recruit AI to boost its software and hardware. Last year Apple hired John Giannandrea, head of AI and search at Google, to supervise AI strategy. Artificial intelligence is a key technology for the companies, therefore, the firms need to find good researchers who can push forward this technology to apply it on a broader level. Google is known as the world best AI company, but Apple is also using the same technology throughout its products from facial recognition to photography.
Alongside the company is working to develop an autonomous system for cars which certainly requires a top group of AI engineers. Moreover, Ian Goodfellow is the father of an AI approach known as generative adversarial networks or GANs. The approach is a two-part network, one known as a generative network and the other known as a discriminative network, It can be used to come up with unusual and creative outputs in the form of audio, video, and text.
GAN is used to generate deep fake media accounts, at Google Ian Goodfellow worked on GAN security and an area known as adversarial accounts. People working in Apple has also done work GAN technology. None of this suggests that Apple has an interest in generating fake portraits or landscapes rather it points out Goodfellow’s work has shaped and improved the current concept of AI.
Goodfellow got his Ph.D. at the University of Montreal in 2014 and since then he has involved with Open AI and Google as an artificial intelligence researcher. At OpenAI he was paid more than $800,000, according to a tax filing. His research is widely cited in academic literature.