Apple Breaks Corporate Secrecy to Allow Insights to AI Research

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Apple is known for its extreme level of corporate secrecy, and over the past two decades, none of Apple’s employees have revealed much about what happens inside their closed doors.

However, artificial intelligence is now the reason for Apple finally sharing their inside research with the public, as their AI-researcher, Russ Salakhutdinov revealed that the company will start publishing its AI-research, Business Insider writes.

The news was gathered through a series of tweets published during the NIPS conference on Tuesday, where the Russ Salakhutdinov, director of AI research at Apple and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania revealed the news.

“The Californian tech giant has traditionally kept research breakthroughs to itself, seeing any developments as valuable intellectual property (IP), so this is a major change in direction”, Business Insider writes.

Following in the footsteps of companies such as Facebook and Google, Apple now allows their employees to publish their research across a range of fields, which could potentially be a result to criticism by companies such as Facebook, saying that Apple’s secrecy could hinder their ability to hire the best people in the field of AI.

Yann LeCun, Facebook’s AI director, told Business Insider last month in an interview that it is essential to allow the researchers the opportunity to publish their work and doing open research, in order to make their company attractive to them.

“In fact, at FAIR [Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research], it’s not just a possibility, it’s a requirement,” LeCun told Business Insider. “So, [when] you’re a researcher, you assume that you’re going to publish your work”.

“It’s very important for a scientist because the currency of the career as a scientist is the intellectual impact. So you can’t tell people ‘come work for us but you can’t tell people what you’re doing’ because you basically ruin their career. That’s a big element”, LeCun said.

At the time, Apple is applying AI in Siri, but they are also looking to developing AI for autonomous cars and other products in the future, that are yet to be announced.

The majority of Apple’s AI-research will likely be held at their headquarters in Cupertino, with the possibilities of expanding to their various AI-outposts around the world.

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