Apple is all set to join an artificial intelligence research group, Partnership on AI, which already includes the likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Apple is expected to make a formal announcement as soon as next week reports Bloomberg.
Apple’s secret nature had made it difficult for the company to hire experts and researchers in the AI field. This led the company to announce in last December that it would allow its AI teams to publish their research reports to the public. Just a few weeks later, Apple’s AI team then published its first paper on improving image recognition titled “Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training.”
Partnership on AI is a non-profit organisation set up in September last year, with an aim to conduct and publish research under an open license. Back then, Apple, Intel, and Baidu were among the major tech companies that were not a part of the group.
This move from Apple should allow the company to hire more expert AI researchers. With Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech giants using AI to power their digital assistant and services, Apple also needs the help of AI experts to make sure Siri is able to compete with them.