Amazon Poaches EBay’s Head of Artificial Intelligence

ENLARGE Amazon has increasingly focused resources on its voice-controlled devices—such as its Echo speakers, above—that use artificial intelligence to dim bedroom lights, summon Uber rides, play song lists and order merchandise. Photo: Joshua Scott for The Wall Street Journal By Laura Stevens Laura Stevens The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @laurastevenswsj laurastevens11 Google+ Laura.Stevens@wsj.com Sept. 2, 2016 2:52 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 0.24 % recently poached rival eBay Inc. EBAY 0.48 % ’s head of artificial intelligence, the latest move by the retail giant to strengthen its ability to quickly determine what users want. Hassan Sawaf joined Amazon as its director of artificial intelligence in Palo Alto, Calif., at its A9 labs, according to his LinkedIn page, with the goal of improving “the user experience for users…


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