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Apple's drive to get a bigger bite of AI market

Julia Love

Published 08/09/2015 | 02:30

Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California
Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California

Apple has ramped up its hiring of artificial intelligence (AI) experts, recruiting from PhD programmes, posting dozens of job listings and greatly increasing the size of its AI staff, a review of hiring sites suggests and numerous sources confirm.

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The goal is to challenge Google in an area the internet search giant has long dominated: smartphone features that give users what they want before they ask.

As part of its push, the company is currently trying to hire at least 86 more employees with expertise in the branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning, according to a recent analysis of Apple job postings.

The company has also stepped up its courtship of machine-learning PhD's, joining Google, Amazon, Facebook and others in a fierce contest, leading academics say.

But some experts say the iPhone maker's strict stance on privacy is likely to undermine its ability to compete in the rapidly progressing field.

Machine learning helps devices predict from experience what users are likely to want next and relies on crunching vast troves of data. (Reuters)

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