Apple’s product development department has maintained an absolute vow of silence to date, which has fueled the rumor mill. In its artificial intelligence research, however, the corporate group is showing enough sense to do otherwise.
For research in the field of artificial intelligence, Apple intends to seek out academic exchanges. This turnaround in the IT giant’s communication policy was announced by Russ Salakhutdinov, Apple’s Director of AI Research, in a presentation at the NIPS conference (Neural Information Processing Systems). Apple’s competitors in this field, especially the big players Google and Facebook, have been considerably more open with their research results thus far.
The fact that Apple is now officially allowing its researchers to publish is making the corporation a much more attractive employer for budding AI scientists - the specialist publications are, after all, essential for establishing the relevant reputation in academic and scientific circles. In the past, the public didn’t find out about Apple’s research until the company presented market-ready products. Patent applications could sometimes be used to deduce what Apple’s researchers were currently working on.