Apple is creating a new AI/ML team that brings together its Core ML and Siri teams under one leader in John Giannandrea.
Apple confirmed this morning that the combined Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning team, which houses Siri, will be led by the recent hire, who came to Apple this year after an eight-year stint at Google, where he led the Machine Intelligence, Research and Search teams. Before that he founded Metaweb Technologies and Tellme.
The internal structures of the Siri and Core ML teams will remain the same, but they will now answer to Giannandrea.
This is exactly what I expected after they announced the hiring of Giannandrea. It takes Siri and ML off Craig Federighi’s plate, and allows Giannandrea to report directly to Tim Cook.