Apple has hired a big brain in AI to make Siri less dumb

Apple has hired a Carnegie Mellon University professor to head up a team working on artificial intelligence as tech giants increasingly place big bets on machine learning as a key part of their future. Russ Salakhutdinov said he is looking to hire more research scientists in the field to work on his team at Apple. He will continue his work at Carnegie Mellon in addition to his new role at Apple. The move comes as Apple’s Siri has been criticized for having fallen behind other automated assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana, while Google is also betting big on its Google Assistant. Apple has also made several acquisitions related to machine learning, including Seattle-based Turi, which sold for a reported $200 million. Salakhutdinov’s recent research (PDF) has included…

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