Apple Inc. on Monday said it hired former eminent Google scientist Sammy Bengio, who left the search giant amid turmoil in its artificial intelligence research department.
Bengio hopes to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandria, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, two people familiar with the matter said. Giannandrea joined Apple in 2018 after spending nearly eight years at Google.
Apple declined to comment on the role of Bengio. Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.
Bengio, who left Google last week after nearly 14 years, said last month he was pursuing “other exciting opportunities”.
His decision came in recent months after fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell’s decision to transfer electronic files to the company and Timnit Gebru alleged that he had threatened to leave rather than withdraw the paper.
Mitchell and Gabru had co-led the team researching ethics issues in AI, and expressed concern about Google’s workplace diversity and approach to reviewing research. Bengio had expressed support for the pair.
One of the early leaders of the Google Brain Research team, Bengio advanced a “deep learning” algorithm that outlines today’s AI systems for analyzing images, speech, and other data.
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