Apple scoops up Google's AI chief: 5 things to know

Apple hired Google's Chief of Search and Artificial Intelligence, John Giannandrea, to run its machine learning and AI strategy, according to The New York Times.

Here are five things to know.

1. Mr. Giannandrea stepped down April 2 after two years as Google's AI boss, CNBC reports. He will be replaced by Jeff Dean, PhD, the co-founder of Google Brain, who will head up Google's AI efforts, and Ben Gomes, PhD, vice president of search engineering, who will lead the search organization.

2. Mr. Giannandrea has been with Google since 2010, and he helped guide its AI integrations throughout its various products, including internet search and the Google Assistant.

3. Many Silicon Valley executives and analysts say Apple is falling behind in AI and see the hire as a win for the company.

4. "Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an email to staff members obtained by The New York Times. "John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal."

5. AI experts are highly sought after in Silicon Valley, where their salaries sometimes exceed eight figures, according to The New York Times.

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