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Apple Bought the Most AI Companies From 2016 to 2020

Thursday March 25, 2021 10:50 am PDT by
Apple is the leading buyer of companies in the global artificial intelligence space, according to data shared today by GlobalData. From 2016 to 2020, Apple acquired the highest number of AI companies, beating out Accenture, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, all of whom also had a high number of AI acquisitions. Over the course of the last several years, Apple has bought companies like...
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Apple Announces New AI and Machine Learning Residency Program

Friday August 28, 2020 3:51 am PDT by
Apple's Machine Learning Reseach group has launched a new residency program inviting experts in various fields to apply their expertise to build new ML and AI-powered products and experiences. Apple AI/ML research in academia lead Michael Rennaker announced the new residency program on Twitter, encouraging experts in fields outside of AI who can code and want to "dip their toe" into the...
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Apple Acquired Machine Learning Startup Inductiv for Siri Improvements

Wednesday May 27, 2020 3:35 pm PDT by
Apple recently purchased Ontario-based machine learning startup Inductiv for the purpose of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Apple confirmed the purchase with one of its typical acquisition statements: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Inductiv's engineering team joined Apple after the acquisition to work on ‌...

Apple Acquires AI Startup Voysis to Improve Siri

Friday April 3, 2020 2:55 pm PDT by
Apple has purchased artificial intelligence startup Voysis with the aim of improving Siri, reports Bloomberg. Voysis offers a platform that allows digital voice assistants to better understand natural language. The company worked to improve voice assistants in online shopping apps, allowing software to better interpret requests from users. The website, which is now defunct, said that the...
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Apple Expected to Lease 'Massive' Office in Seattle With Space for Up to 4,200 Employees

Wednesday June 12, 2019 7:58 am PDT by
Apple plans to lease a large office complex in Seattle's booming South Lake Union neighborhood, near Amazon, according to multiple commercial real estate sources cited by the Puget Sound Business Journal. 333 Dexter The report claims the two-tower development at 333 Dexter Avenue would give Apple around 630,000 square feet of office space, enough for 4,200 employees using the industry...

Apple Purchases Machine Learning Startup Laserlike

Wednesday March 13, 2019 12:32 pm PDT by
Apple last year acquired Laserlike, a machine learning startup located in Silicon Valley, reports The Information. Apple's purchase of the four-year-old company was confirmed by an Apple spokesperson with a standard acquisition statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." Laserlike's website says that its core...

Apple AI Chief John Giannandrea Gets Promotion to Senior Vice President

Thursday December 20, 2018 9:13 am PST by
Apple today announced John Giannandrea, who handles machine learning and AI for the company, has been promoted to the Apple's executive team and is now listed on the Apple Leadership page as a senior vice president. Giannandrea joined Apple as its chief of machine learning and AI strategy in April 2018, stealing him away from Google where he ran Google's search and artificial intelligence...

Apple Updates Leadership Page to Include New AI Chief John Giannandrea

Tuesday July 10, 2018 11:48 am PDT by
Apple today updated its Apple Leadership page to include John Giannandrea, who now serves as Apple's Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy. Apple hired Giannandrea back in April, stealing him away from Google where he ran the search and artificial intelligence unit. Giannandrea is leading Apple's AI and machine learning teams, reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He has taken...
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Apple Expands Its Machine Learning Hub in Downtown Seattle

Tuesday April 17, 2018 6:43 am PDT by
Apple has expanded its office space at Two Union Square, a 56-story office tower in Downtown Seattle, according to GeekWire. The report claims Apple will soon occupy five floors inside the skyscraper, up from a floor-and-a-half of space it originally leased, based on permits filed with the city and the publication's own visits to the building. The expansion gives Apple more than 70,000...
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Apple Hires Google's Chief of Search and Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday April 3, 2018 2:47 pm PDT by
Apple has snapped up John Giannandrea, who today stepped down from his position as the head of Google's search and artificial intelligence unit, reports The New York Times. According to Apple, Giannandrea will run Apple's overall "machine learning and A.I. strategy," reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. In an email sent out to employees and obtained by The New York Times, Cook had...

Apple Shares Research into Self-Driving Car Software That Improves Obstacle Detection

Wednesday November 22, 2017 2:01 am PST by
Apple computer scientists working on autonomous vehicle technology have posted a research paper online describing how self-driving cars can spot cyclists and pedestrians using fewer sensors (via Reuters). The paper by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel was submitted to the moderated scientific pre-print repository arXiv on November 17, in what appears to be Apple's first publicly disclosed research on...

Industry Group Representing Apple and Google Releases AI Policy Principles

Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:41 am PDT by
The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), an industry group that represents several tech companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, this week released Artificial Intelligence Policy Principles [PDF] covering responsible and ethical artificial intelligence development. "We recognize our responsibility to integrate principles into the design of AI technologies,...

Apple Hires AI Team From to Join Work on Siri

Wednesday October 4, 2017 11:33 am PDT by
Apple this week "acqui-hired" the team from, a startup that designed a smart assistant to allow customer service representatives to easily parse through and automate some interactions with users, reports TechCrunch. The startup focused on creating an AI with natural language processing and machine learning to analyze chat-based conversations between humans. announced that...
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Apple Updates Machine Learning Journal With Three Articles on Siri Technology

Wednesday August 23, 2017 11:38 am PDT by
Back in July, Apple introduced the "Apple Machine Learning Journal," a blog detailing Apple's work on machine learning, AI, and other related topics. The blog is written entirely by Apple's engineers, and gives them a way to share their progress and interact with other researchers and engineers. Apple today published three new articles to the Machine Learning Journal, covering topics that are...

Apple AI Expert's Full TED Talk Now Available on YouTube

Monday August 21, 2017 2:22 pm PDT by
Back in April, Apple product designer and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber gave a TED Talk, where he spoke about his vision of the future of computers and artificial intelligence. The full 10-minute TED Talk was today published on YouTube, giving us a chance to hear his complete thoughts on the future of AI and Siri. In his talk, Gruber says computers should be used to lessen human failings,...
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Apple Developing 'Apple Neural Engine' Chip to Power AI in iOS Devices

Friday May 26, 2017 1:14 pm PDT by
Apple is developing a dedicated processor that will be used to handle AI-related tasks like facial and speech recognition in its products, reports Bloomberg. Citing a source with knowledge of Apple's plans, the site says the chip is known internally as the "Apple Neural Engine." Apple plans to use the chip, which would work alongside the standard processor and the graphics chip, to add more...

Apple AI Expert Says Computers Should Augment Human Capabilities

Tuesday April 25, 2017 12:29 pm PDT by
Apple product designer and Siri co-founder Tom Gruber gave a TED Talk today, where he covered his vision of the future of computers and artificial intelligence. Both Axios and Business Insider shared details on his talk. According to Gruber, computers should be used to lessen human failings, like memory, and augment human capabilities. He believes computers should log every aspect of our...
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Apple Expanding Seattle Hub Working on AI and Machine Learning

Thursday February 23, 2017 7:47 am PST by
Apple will expand its presence in downtown Seattle, where it has a growing team working on artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, according to GeekWire. The report claims Apple will expand into additional floors in Two Union Square, and this will allow its Turi team to move into the building and provide space for future employees.“We’re trying to find the best people...
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Apple Formally Announced as 'Partnership on AI' Founding Member

Friday January 27, 2017 4:59 am PST by
Apple has formally joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member, confirming an earlier report, the organization announced today.Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member. The company has been involved and collaborating with the Partnership since before it was first announced and is thrilled to formalize its membership alongside Amazon, Facebook, Google/DeepMind, IBM, and...
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Apple Set to Join Microsoft, Google, and Facebook in AI Research Group

Thursday January 26, 2017 1:03 am PST by
Apple will take a significant step toward disclosing more of its artificial intelligence research this week by becoming a member of a non-profit AI research consortium founded by five of the tech industry's biggest players. Last September, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM publicly announced The Partnership on AI, an organization established "to study and formulate best practices,...