Apple’s New AI Guru

Apple Hires Google’s A.I. Chief – The New York Times

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.

Giannandrea will be in charge of “machine learning and A.I. strategy” at Apple and will report directly to Tim Cook. For my money is the best possible hire the company could make right now.

Don’t expect any changes by WWDC this summer, but this speaks well to Apple’s intentions in this space.

The BirchTree Podcast #66: A Platform that Inspires no Passion (from me)

I’m a few days into Android again, and it really struck me already how little passion I feel for this platform. The types of experiences that make me really appreciate iOS and macOS just aren’t here. There are some surface-level customizations that are nice, but the third party (and even first party Google) apps are just so lifeless.

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