Apple has just hired Carnegie Mellon University professor Russ Salakhutdinov, who will lead an “AI research” team as director.
Salakhutdinov, who announced his new position on Twitter, works in the fields of deep learning and neural networks; he’s published dozens of papers in the last couple of years alone. The topics he’s worked on run the gamut, but the main thread is one of human-like understanding of various media: recognizing objects in images, actions in videos, and so on.
In the recent months, Apple also gobbled upTuplejump, Perceptio, VocalIQ, Mapsense, Emotient, Coherent Navigation and Semetric, just to name a few, to remain at the forefront of AI, machine learning and other similar, relatively new-wave technologies CEO Tim Cook deems to be part of “an incredible future”.
However, it remains to be seen whether their continuous push towards privacy will prove not to be too much of an impediment in the years to come, as well as the secrecy the company is known for, despite the more open (and indeed more welcomed) approach as of this year.