Head of Google Search retires, artificial intelligence chief to take over

Amit SinghalAmit Singhal, Google’s SVP for search, is leaving the company after fifteen years. Singhal has long been in charge of Google’s flagship product, and he famously rewrote Google’s page ranking algorithm in 2001. He was also a big driver of Google’s Star Trek ambitions. With Singhal leaving, John Giannandrea, Google’s head of artificial intelligence, is taking over the search division. Re/code is reporting that with the change, Google will merge the search and artificial intelligence divisions. Giannandrea previously led the effort to introduce the Knowledge Graph—a machine learning that gives you a direct answer rather than a list of links—to search. Today the Knowledge Graph powers answers to the “OK Google” voice queries that appear on just about every consumer-facing Google OS. Moving the artificial intelligence unit in with search is certainly an eyebrow-raising move. Machine Learning seems…


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