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Apple Hires Samy Bengio, Ex-Google AI Scientist Who Resigned After Colleagues Were Fired

Apple Play said Monday it has retained former Google scientist Sami Bengio, who left the search giant amid a flurry in its artificial intelligence research division.

Bangio will lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, said two people familiar with the matter. Giannandriya joined the 2018 Pal in 2018 after spending almost eight years in Guan.

Apple Play declined to comment on Benjio’s role. Bengio did not respond to a request for comment.

Benjio, who left Google last week after nearly 14 years, said last month that he was looking for “other exciting opportunities.”

His decision follows the allegations of fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell in recent months after she threatened to leave the paper instead of withdrawing it, expelling electronic files from the company and following allegations by Timnit Gabru.

Mitchell and Gabru co-led a team researching ethics issues at AI, and expressed concern about Google’s workplace diversity and research review approach. Bengio expressed support for the pair.

As one of the early leaders of the Google brain research team, Bengio advanced the “deep learning” algorithms that value today’s AI systems for analyzing images, speech, and other data.

Thomson Reuters 2021

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