Google’s AI head to take over as new search chief

John Giannandrea, head of Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) research department since 2013, has been promoted as the company’s new search chief following the retirement of Amit Singhal. The long-time Googler will be ending his tenure at the end of February, to “give back to others”. The management shift reflects Google’s increased focus on machine learning and AI. In a recent earnings call meeting, Google CFO Ruth Porat said one of key priorities of the company would be to determine and initiate the “next wave of machine learning”, the Business Insider reported. Google and many other Silicon Valley-based companies believe that AI will most likely lead the technology industry by providing major breakthroughs in the coming years. Google ventured into AI early in the game and has since invested heavily in…

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