Google Search Chief to Depart; Company Taps AI Executive as Successor — Update

Shutterstock photo By Alistair Barr Alphabet Inc.’s Google named the head of its artificial-intelligence research to run its search engine, demonstrating the importance of the rapidly evolving technology to the company’s main profit engine. John Giannandrea, who has run Google’s artificial-intelligence efforts since late 2013, will take over from Amit Singhal, who said Wednesday he is leaving in late February after 15 years at Google to “give back to others.” Google used deep learning to create RankBrain, a system it introduced last year to handle complex or rare queries, including the 15% of searches that are new to the search engine each day. RankBrain is now considered the third-most- important of more than 200 tools that Google uses to rank search results. Other deep-learning programs can identify objects in images…


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