Machine Translation Caught Up in Amazon’s AI Hiring Spree

A year after it created a machine translation R&D division by acquiring Pittsburgh-based Safaba in September 2015, Amazon is beefing up its broader artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities by going on a hiring spree. Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon had hired away eBay AI executive Hassan Sawaf. Sawaf had been with eBay since 2013, where he served in various senior roles involving machine translation, human language technology, and cognitive computing. He set up eBay’s cognitive computing group, which enabled shoppers at the online retailer to find English results even when they searched in another language. Advertisement eBay seems unfazed by the poaching of Sawaf as they have “wide and deep capabilities in AI,” given two recent acquisitions that would boost their machine learning and machine translation…


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