Image: John Giannandrea to take over Apple's AI division.

CAPE TOWN - Apple has announced they will combine their various artificial intelligence divisions into a new structure led by recent hire John Giannandrea, formerly Google’s head of search and AI.

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Apple confirmed the change with an update to its executive leadership page. 

Giannandrea will now be in charge of Apple’s machine learning division, its Siri team and the Core ML team. Apple launched the Core ML API last year to help native AI tasks, AI-focused apps and services from third-party developers run more efficiently on iOS devices.

Giannandrea’s official title will be the Chief of machine learning and AI strategy and is taking on that responsibility from software executive Craig Federighi, according to the company’s website.

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Here are a few facts about John Giannandrea:

  1. John Giannandrea was born in Bridge of Allan, Scotland.
  2. He attended the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. 
  3. He has achieved a Bachelor of Science degree, Honours Degree in Computer Science and he was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa. 
  4. Before his long 8 year career at Google, He started as a Senior Engineer at General Magic. 
  5. Between February 26, 2016 to April 2018, He served as a Senior Vice President for Search at Google Inc. 
  6. Giannandrea also served as the Vice President of Engineering at Google Inc. until February 26, 2016 and led its research and artificial intelligence efforts.
  7. He was also the Co-Founder of Tellme Networks, Inc., and served as its Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Platform Development.
  8. He also served as the Chief Technologist of Web browser group at Netscape/AOL
  9. Giannandrea worked on a number of innovative platforms including Telescript and MagicCap technologies at General Magic, the IRIX operating system at Silicon Graphics and the Transputer microprocessor at INMOS.
  10. He also served as Director of Opalum ApS and Opalum AB. 
  11. Giannandrea is also on the board of trustees at the SETI Institute and Castilleja School. 

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