Apples latest hire might help burnish its AI image

first_img Sprint Tags $999 See All $999 Best Buy $999 See It See It Google Siri Apple See it $999 See It Mobile Tech Industry Culture Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Apple’s pushing further into AI. Getty Images The next time you think of Apple and artificial intelligence, it might be about more than how frustrating Siri can be.The tech giant poached Ian Goodfellow, a high-profile scientist in the artificial intelligence world, from Google last month. CNBC spotted the move when Goodfellow, who helped invent a new approach to the technology, updated his LinkedIn page to indicate he’s working as Apple’s “director of machine learning” at its secretive “Special Projects” group.Goodfellow isn’t the only big-name hire Apple’s poached from Google. Last year, the company lured John Giannandrea away from its rival, where he’d been the head of search. At Apple, Giannandrea handles Siri, as well as its machine learning technology for app developers.”Machine learning and AI are important to Apple’s future as they are fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology, and already helping our customers live better lives,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement last year, when promoting Giannandrea to senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment about Goodfellow.The hires are the latest signs Apple is pushing more heavily into the world of AI, where it isn’t broadly viewed as a leader the way Google and Facebook are. AI is increasingly seen as a key to a new way of computing that will allow machines to identify people in video feeds, drive our cars and anticipate our schedules.Apple’s Siri was one of the first voice assistants offered to the public when it was released in 2011. But it’s struggled to keep up with a growing list of competitors.Amazon’s Alexa, for example, has stood out as an easy way to connect with smart appliances, such as light switches, security systems and even your car. Meanwhile, Google’s made waves turning its assistant into a live language translator. Its Duplex feature helps people schedule appointments by calling businesses and negotiating appointment times for you. Facebook’s AI is being used to more quickly identify extremism and bad behavior. And Microsoft built its AI into an app to help the blind by describing anything a phone’s camera is pointed at.Apple “saw Siri as a feature rather than a platform,” said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. One example, she said, is that Apple’s Siri works better on her iPhone because it has access to apps and information she keeps on it. But Siri isn’t as good on Apple’s $299 HomePod speaker because the company hasn’t created robust ways for its assistant to send information between her phone and other Siri-powered devices. Apple’s latest hirings and announcements suggest the company is now taking AI technologies like Siri more seriously, she added. “There is no question in my mind that Apple is either rethinking Siri or accelerating its effort,” she said.More intelligenceA12 Bionic  apple-event-091218Apple pitched the AI smarts as a major feature of its A12 Bionic chip for the iPhone and iPad. James Martin/CNET When people think of Apple AI, they typically think of Siri. But there are other AI efforts underway.For example, the company’s A12 Bionic chip, which powers the $999 iPhone XS and latest $799 iPad Pro, includes a “neural engine.” Apple says the engine bolsters the photos you take and the games you play. It also helps the device do a better job with augmented reality, which overlays computer images like a photo filter on the real world.Those technologies extend to the software powering Apple’s iPhone too. Apple said artificial intelligence technologies help to power its Face ID, which identifies you with a sensor in order to unlock your phone.Silicon Valley’s churnApple’s high profile hires aren’t happening in a vacuum. There’s constant churn between Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and the many startups that dot the San Francisco Bay Area and the larger West Coast. It’s likely helped Apple that Google, in particular, has been criticized for its AI efforts. Last year, the search giant’s employees protested against Google’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon initiative to use AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. And last month, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Google’s AI work in China is “indirectly benefiting the Chinese military.”google-home-assistant-1353-3Google’s AI tech gets attention, but also courts controversy. James Martin/CNET Analysts say high profile poachings, like Apple’s with Giannandrea and Goodfellow, also help the company with further recruiting because big names often act as a magnet drawing their colleagues from one company to another.Another way Apple can bulk up its efforts is with acquisitions. Apple was said to have bought an AI-powered voice startup called PullString in February, for example. Purchases like that typically come with new intellectual property (IP), in the form of new apps, code and patents. Cook said last month that Apple purchased 18 companies in 2018.”We’re constantly on the market looking for great IP and fantastic people,” Cook said at the time. “We’re very confident about our future.”CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 4 Share your voice Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Apple’s latest hire might help burnish its AI image •last_img read more


Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Alia Bhatt Deepika Padukone Akshay Kumar not allowed

first_imgDeepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Akshay Kumar.Instagram / TwitterThe Indian General Elections 2019 have begun and a lot of Bollywood celebrities have been urging citizens to come out and cast their vote. In fact, Bollywood actors and filmmakers have never shied away from casting their ballot, always seen outside the polling booth posing with their inked finger.But do you know, there are some superstars in Bollywood who are not allowed by the Government of India to cast their vote in any Indian election? As per reports, these names are Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif, to name a few. Let’s take a look at the Bollywood celebs who cannot cast their vote in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, and why.Alia Bhatt: The 26-year-old actress cannot cast her ballot, as she holds a British passport. Alia Bhatt had revealed the same during the General Elections 2014, when she had told Hindustan Times, “Unfortunately, I can’t vote because I have a British passport. I am past the date (to get the official documents for voting) this time around, but I will try and get my voting card the next time (elections) once I get my dual citizenship.”Well, since India does not allow for dual citizenship, it’s obvious that Alia Bhatt can’t exercise her franchise in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 as well. Or never, unless the rules change or she holds an Indian passport. Alia Bhatt in RaaziPR HandoutDeepika Padukone: Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, this daughter of badminton champ Prakash Padukone has brought many laurels to the country with her acting skills. But being born outside India and holding a Danish passport, she cannot cast her vote here.Akshay Kumar: Our Punjabi puttar Akshay Kumar is now a Canadian citizen and hence cannot cast his vote here in India. We wonder if he goes all the way to Canada during the elections there.Imran Khan: The handsome Bollywood actor who turned director with a short film cannot vote in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The reason being Imran Khan holds an American passport, as he was born in Madison, Wisconsin, United States to his father Anil Pal and mother Nuzhat Khan (actor-filmmaker Aamir Khan’s cousin). Imran has taken his mother’s surname. Imran Khan.PR Handout.Katrina Kaif: This Bollywood beauty may make every heart in the country skip a beat, but she is not allowed to cast her ballot in India. Well, that is because Katrina Kaif is a British citizen. Katrina KaifInstagramThere are many other Bollywood celebrities who only work in India but are not Indian citizens, like Sunny Leone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Nargis Fakhri. They, too, are not allowed to cast their ballot in the country.Pakistani singer Adnan Sami would be an exception, as he had applied for Indian citizenship and was granted the same. Let’s see if we see him at the polling booth as a registered voter during General Elections 2019.The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are scheduled to be held in seven phases in India, from the date April 11 to May 19, 2019. The Election Results will be declared on May 23, 2019.last_img read more