Amazon poaches eBay A.I. chief, continues ramping up machine learning operations

Hassan Sawaf. (Photo via LinkedIn). Amazon is getting serious about machine learning. The Seattle tech titan hired eBay’s head of artificial intelligence, Hassan Sawaf, to lead its own A.I. operation in Palo Alto, Calif. Sawaf is now Director of Artificial Intelligence at Amazon-owned A9 Labs, the Wall Street Journal reports. Poaching Sawaf from rival eBay is the latest in a series of moves this week that indicate Amazon is doubling down on A.I. The company just acquired a machine learning team in Cambridge, UK and used some of the $100 million Amazon Alexa fund to invest in natural language processing startup DefinedCrowd. In 2012, Jeff Bezos provided $2 million to fund machine learning professorships for Turi CEO Carlos Guestrin and his wife, Emily Fox at the University of Washington. An open…


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