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Apple Lures In Amazon CTO & Google AI Chief

Former Amazon Chief Technology Officer, Jon McCormack, has jumped ship to rival Apple, following the appointment of ex-Google Head of Artificial Intelligence, John Giannandrea, last week.

Both appointments are a notable win for Apple, and major losses for Google and Amazon – McCormack will take up the post of VP of software, whilst Giannandrea will lead Apple’s AI endeavours.

Concerning smart assistant integration and AI intuition, Apple’s Siri has lagged behind Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. As such, it’ll be interesting to see the effect of the new hires going forward.

While rival smart assistants are further expanding into third-party devices, Apple is known for promoting privacy ahead of commercial pursuits, and according to the The New York Times, Tim Cook affirms Mr Giannandrea shares this ethos:

“Our technology must be infused with the values we all hold dear”

“John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal.”


McCormack was formerly CTO for Amazon’s devices group, and VP of software for Kindle products. Prior to this, he was the Global Head of software for HP Inc, and has also worked in Google’s Advanced Technology and Products group.

Apple Chief, Tim Cook, announced Mr Giannandrea’s appointment last week, and his position as the head of “machine learning and AI strategy“.

Mr Giannandrea has been credited with integrating artificial intelligence into Google’s product portfolio, including the development of Google Assistant.



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