Apple Hires Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning Expert

By | Oct 18, 2016 03:37 PM EDT

An Apple logo is seen on screen from the stage ahead of a special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California.(Photo : Getty Images)

Tech giant Apple is upgrading its artificial intelligence division by hiring a known expert in the field. Apple recently hired Ruslan Salakhutdinov, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, who heads the school's machine learning department.

Salakhutdinov confirmed his employment to Apple through a tweet that reads, "Excited about joining Apple as a director of AI research in addition to my work at CMU."

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At Apple, Salakhutdinov will work as the company's director of Artificial Intelligence research division. He will continue to work at Carnegie Mellon while at Apple.

Salakhutdinov is known for his research into deep learning, an area of Artificial Intelligence where software systems called neural networks are given huge amounts of data and find or develop a pattern through it, according to Fortune.

The current rise of cloud computing has led many tech companies to pursue deep learning technologies to process information. Although this technology is still in its infancy, pioneers in the field have already been able to teachcomputers and A.I systems how to spot a certain type of photo, and even recognize human speech.

Popular digital assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa are powered by these neural networks to accurately understand human voices and answer questions with relative accuracy.

Tech experts agree that Apple is quite behind its fellow tech giants like Facebook and Google. However, the company's decision to hire a prominent researcher in the field of deep learning will prove to be a big boost for Apple's quest in the Artificial Intelligence industry.

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