Report: Apple is beefing up its AI and machine learning teams

Is Apple aiming to deliver the singularity? They might not quite being aiming that high in 2015 but the tech giant is currently beefing up its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning staff according to a report Monday. Reuters claims that Apple is currently attempting to hire 86 people in the AI field, in particular targeting PhD programs for potential employees, competing with Google, Amazon, Facebook and others in what is described by academics to be “a fierce contest” for talent. Machine learning, the concept that in part drives Apple’s voice assistant Siri and services such as Google Now, relies on crunching large amounts of data to provide unprompted services such as reminders of when to leave for an appointment based on traffic. Although not specifically spelled out, hiring in…


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