Apple hires top Google AI scientist as director of machine learning

Apple recently hired Google’s Ian Goodfellow to join its “Special Projects Group” as a director of machine learning, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Goodfellow is known for his work on Generative Adversarial Networks, or 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.

GAN systems have been used to generate “deepfake” fake media content.

Goodfellow studied computer science at Stanford University prior to achieving a PhD in machine learning from the Universite de Montreal. His career spans stints at Google and OpenAI, the latter of which earned him $800,000 for a year’s work, the report said.

Apple also recently grouped its artificial intelligence teams, with Giannandrea overseeing everything. This change brought together the Siri and Core ML teams. In November, Apple acquired the privacy-focused artificial intelligence startup Silk Labs.