Google Search Chief to Depart

Shutterstock photo 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 and others increasingly view artificial intelligence—advanced software that more closely mimics the human brain—as central to their products and services. In one technique, called deep learning, the software evolves by studying patterns, with minimal human involvement. Other deep-learning programs can identify objects in images more consistently than humans can. Google also uses artificial-intelligence techniques in searches for photos, voice-based searches and a…


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