Can Apple Attract Top Researchers If It Keeps Their Research Secret?

Apple is ramping up its research into artificial intelligence, according to Bloomberg, but you wouldn’t know it by searching Google Scholar. In typical Apple style, the company is playing it close to the vest; its researchers haven’t published a single academic paper on AI. Bloomberg goes on to suggest that this secrecy is holding the company back, quoting Yoshua Bengio, a computer science professor at the University of Montreal: What makes developing AI different from a mobile operating system—apart from the uncharted technical territory—is the small pool of potential hires. “The really strong people don’t want to go into a closed environment where it’s all secret,” Bengio says. “The differentiating factors are, ‘Who are you going to be working with?’ ‘Am I going to stay a part of the scientific…


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