Apple hires CMU professor as director of AI research to smarten up Siri

Apple is making a visible push in the direction of AI today by hiring Carnegie Mellon University professor Ruslan Salakhutdinov for what appears to be a newly minted position: director of AI research.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. He linked to an open position at Apple through which people could apply to join his team, though the description is predictably vague: We are looking for exceptional hands-on research scientists with a proven track record in a…


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