Apple's 'Special Project' gets ex-Google AI expert

Goodfellow invented a form of AI called generative adversarial networks or GANs, which pits two neural networks (generative and discriminative) against each other to create realistic images and videos.

Goodfellow's move to Apple's "special projects" group is intriguing, as it has historically been responsible for developing undisclosed or not fully disclosed products and technologies for the company.

While Apple declined to comment, Google confirmed Goodfellow's departure, as the iPhone-maker is intensifying its artificial intelligence efforts. The nonprofit was founded in 2015 with the goal of using AI to benefit humanity and is still open today, but Goodfellow decided there were greener pastures back at Google.

Goodfellow most recently served as Google's Senior Staff Research Scientist and previously worked at AI research consortium OpenAI.

Facebook blames latest personal data exposure on third-party developers
The company also said that once it was alerted to the issue, Facebook worked with Amazon to take down the databases. Still, storing them publicly could put people at risk if they used the same passwords across different accounts.

Apple has been increasingly seeking AI talent.

Experts moving around tech companies isn't uncommon and Apple has seen its share of employees leave the company. A year ago the company hired John Giannandrea, the former head of AI and search at Google, to oversee Apple's AI strategy. The company is also working to develop autonomous systems for vehicles, a project that certainly requires top AI engineers.

GANs are two-part networks, formed of both a generator and a discriminator. In practical, GANs is the algorithm behind AI-generated portraits from real images and the software that generates photorealistic paintings from doodles. Still a very young talent, Apple can deploy his experience and influence in various future projects which include improving Siri.

Recommended News

  • Brexit: I had no choice but to approach Labour - May

    Brexit: I had no choice but to approach Labour - May

    European leaders will decide on Mrs May's request at an emergency Brussels summit on Wednesday. Labour's key demand is for a customs union with the EU.
    IPL 2019 | Twitter Lauds CSK Spinners as Hosts Deny Punjab Victory

    IPL 2019 | Twitter Lauds CSK Spinners as Hosts Deny Punjab Victory

    In his absence, Scott Kuggeleijn is expected to make it to the playing XI and make his IPL debut against Kings XI Punjab tomorrow. KL Rahul and Sarafaraz Khan then added 110 runs for the third wicket to revive Kings XI's chances.
    Priyanka calls Sophie Turner, Danielle 'J sisters'

    Priyanka calls Sophie Turner, Danielle 'J sisters'

    In the picture, she is seen with Sophie Turner who is engaged to Joe Jonas and Danielle who is married to Kevin Jonas . Joe Jonas is no stranger to Penn State or surprise performances in town - his band DNCE performed at Thon in 2017.
  • California Woman Kidnapped While on Safari in Uganda

    After the kidnapping, the US government issued a travel alert to that area of Uganda. But Rich Endicott says she is actually in her late 50s and everyone calls her Kim.
    SpaceX Perform First Fiery Hop Test of Starship Prototype

    SpaceX Perform First Fiery Hop Test of Starship Prototype

    Eventually, SpaceX will pair Starship with a booster stage called Super Heavy to be able to place large payloads into orbit. The prototype being tested is suborbital, but SpaceX is building an orbital version at Boca Chica.
    Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina announces he's going to Kentucky

    Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina announces he's going to Kentucky

    Bucknell went 21-12, ending the season with a 94-80 loss to Colgate in the conference championship game. During his career at Bucknell, Sestina had a 53% FG shooting percentage and shot 36% from three.
  • Amazon wants to offer internet connectivity from space

    Amazon wants to offer internet connectivity from space

    Ottawa-based Telesat has been also been granted FCC approval and plans to launch 300 satellites. The working title for Facebook's satellite project is Athena, to be launched in 2019.
    Maple Leafs vs. Islanders - Game Recap - 2 April 2019

    Maple Leafs vs. Islanders - Game Recap - 2 April 2019

    Islanders: At the Florida Panthers on Thursday night before closing the regular season at Washington on Saturday night. In Tavares' first game against his former team February 28, he was held without a point and met with a chorus of boos .
    Research finds Israel has world's healthiest diet

    Research finds Israel has world's healthiest diet

    Based on the study, the world needs more nourishment instead of just any food on the table. Researchers wanted to see if there was a connection between diet and chronic disease.
  • Spacecraft enters lunar orbit Forward of moon landing

    Spacecraft enters lunar orbit Forward of moon landing

    If all goes well, Beresheet will be the first Israeli spacecraft and the first privately-funded lunar landing, NBC News noted . An image of the Earth and Israel's Beresheet spacecraft en route to the Moon.
    Google pulls plug on AI, tech advisory board

    Google pulls plug on AI, tech advisory board

    The temporary employees have stated that they worked on Google Assistant's voice so it will be available in over 50 languages. Internal Google messages published by Breitbart News show a high level of hysterics amongst employees over the A.I. board.
    Iran To Blacklist US Army If It Declares Guards As Terrorists: Lawmaker

    Iran To Blacklist US Army If It Declares Guards As Terrorists: Lawmaker

    Former Under-Secretary of State and lead Iran negotiator, Wendy Sherman, said she was anxious about implications for U.S. forces. Republican Senator Ben Sasse said the move would be an important step in the US's maximum pressure campaign against Tehran.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.