Apple has hired its first director of AI research

Ruslan Salakhutdinov Carnegie Mellon University Apple is getting serious about artificial intelligence. How serious? It’s just hired its first director of AI. And not just anyone — it’s hired Ruslan Salakhutdinov, an associate professor in machine learning at one of the top institutions for AI, Carnegie Mellon University. Salakhutdinov has been working on some pretty intense AI research. He primarily researches deep learning and neural networks, where computers learn from a large pool of examples. Carnegie Mellon is at the forefront of this field of research, but Salakhutdinov’s research takes it a step farther — he’s trying to figure out how to get AI to learn from raw data. This is called “unsupervised learning.” Typically, learning algorithms are fed annotated data; their learning is at least partially supervised. This “holy…

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