Apple AI Chief John Giannandrea Gets Promotion to Senior Vice President

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today announced John Giannandrea, who handles machine learning and AI for the company, has been promoted to the Apple's executive team and is now listed on the Apple Leadership page as a senior vice president.

    Giannandrea joined Apple as its chief of machine learning and AI strategy in April 2018, stealing him away from Google where he ran Google's search and artificial intelligence unit.


    At the time, Apple said Giannandrea would lead the company's AI and machine learning teams, reporting directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Giannandrea took over leadership of Siri and combined Apple's Siri and Core ML teams.

    According to Apple's press release announcing the promotion, Giannandrea's team has focused on advancing and tightly integrating machine learning into Apple products, leading to more personal, intelligent, and natural interactions for customers while also protecting user privacy.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the company is "fortunate" to have Giannandrea at the helm of its AI and machine learning efforts.
    Prior to joining Apple, Giannandrea spent eight years at Google, and in the time before that, he founded two companies, Tellme Networks and Metaweb Technologies.

    Giannandrea's April hiring came amid ongoing criticism of Siri, which many have criticized for its shortcomings in comparison to AI offerings from companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Apple made serious strides improving Siri in 2018, building out the capabilities of the AI assistant with features like Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12.

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  2. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Hey Siri, who is John Giannandrea?
    'Would you like me to search the web for you?'
  3. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Good move. Now they just need a SVP for all their cloud business. Oh and get Maps out of Eddy Cue’s org.
  4. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Good - shows that Apple is getting more serious about Siri.
  5. tomnavratil macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2013
    Czech Republic
    Does that mean Siri will actually be usable in next 5-10 years?
  6. GuruZac macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2015
    "Hey Siri", please send additional assistance to help rectify bent iPad Pros, throttled i9 MacBook Pros, iPhone 7 Plus speaker problems, MacBook/MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards...
  7. Jingmoreno macrumors newbie


    Jun 26, 2018
    Sorry, Zac, There Is No More Throttling On i9 MacBook
  8. EvilEvil macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    New York City
    It doesn't matter if your half-assed AI software doesn't work, you can still get a promotion at Apple.
  9. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    With the 'Neural Engine' in the new A chips and a serious leadership focus on AI, I have high hopes for what Apple can achieve in this space.

    While Google has had the advantage by pooling user data and analysing it in the cloud, Apple can leverage their new CPU's to perform a significant amount of AI training on device, aggregating this anonymously then again performing inference on the device. If they can maintain their focus there's a real chance to deliver a great product and maintain privacy. IF they can maintain their focus that is...
  10. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
  11. Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Well, as we have learned today Siri is improving. So everything what drives this further is welcome.
  12. yaxomoxay macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2010
    Guess they rejected my application. So rude.
  13. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
  14. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    If that was true, they would have promoted the person originally in charge of said half-assed software instead of hiring Giannandrea earlier this year to make it only third-assed or quarter-assed (which is likely grounds for a promotion, considering). :D:p
  15. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    Well that means Google must really suck as he ran theirs for 8 years
  16. justperry, Dec 20, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2018

    justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
  17. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    this is the perfect way for apple siri engineers to read and rectify
  18. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Good move? He's been in charge of AI. Everyone is aware how good Siri is (sarcasm). And this guy gets a promotion?
  19. Greymacuser macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2012
  20. SirithX macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2007
    San Francisco
    Lol are people really complaining about the promotion here because Siri is still half-assed? Do any of you complainers have any idea as to the full scope of his work or his team's work, and what things looked like prior to his hire vs right now?

    Siri is just one (albeit major) component of what his team does. Tech companies are not like sports teams, where a new manager comes in and is expected to change everything around within one year. Not to mention you can't be expecting immediate public-facing improvements either – a lot of the work of a VP or SVP is on the back-end and in things like systems, processes, infrastructure, building the team, culture, etc.

    Please think before complaining. If immediate, public-facing action were the only thing to get you promoted in business then our economy would be in shambles.
  21. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    If he doesn’t perform is he Gonorrhea?
    --- Post Merged, Dec 20, 2018 ---
    To be fair everyone else’s digital assistant is a data mining b*tch. They’re like the hot girlfriend that cheats on you while you’re home in the other room.
  22. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Remember, it's (Him being hired by Apple) been 9 months only.
  23. Justanotherfanboy Suspended


    Jul 3, 2018
    I get that you were just trying to “make a funny” or whatever.... but it kinda backfired.
    I actually followed the link, b/c I haven’t visited that Reddit in like a year, & wanted a good laugh.
    Following your advice, using it as a progress report- I showed top posts from the last week.
    There were only like 3 and ZERO of them were actual fails.
    One was Siri playing a song when they had actually had asked Alexa to play it (correct song recognized & played), one was someone making the awkward request “find my iPhone find my iPad” & complaining that it brought up choices of several models of iPhones they own, etc.
    Hardly the laugh-fest I remember.
    I guess you really can use it as a progress report! =)

    As an aside....
    Yesterday I tried to use Google Translate to figure out what the Japanese writing on the Netflix anime character, from Agretsuko’s forehead says.
    The app feature that can look at an image & supposedly pull out the kanji characters said it translated as scorpion. Using different tools to find the character & paste it into the translate web app then yielded column...
    Yeah... so, turns out it says rage.
    Guess nobody’s AI is anywhere approaching perfection?
  24. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Well, they added features, but the problem is Siri is still broken at the most basic level (understanding what you say and interpreting what you are really asking for). I speak in a clear voice with no discernible accent, I try to take extra care enunciating and even forming my sentences to Siri for clarity (but what I don't really consider natural speech patterns), and she still gets it wrong I would say well over half the time. I rarely even bother with any type of complex query because I know I'm just going to get a comical, frustrating response. I don't call that "serious strides".

    Right, this really isn't his thing yet. This is like blaming Obama for the terrible economy in September, 2009. I don't know much about this guy but I already have a ton more confidence of him being in charge of Siri than when Eddy Cue was running it.
  25. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Problem is...
    Once that slider is flipped to OFF, (out of disgust) it's unlikely anyone will turn it back on. And for giggles if someone gives it (her) another chance, the slider is immediately turned OFF again never to be thought of again.


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