For the first time in the company’s history, Apple is going to give green signal to its AI researchers to publish their research work. This is a bold step taken by the US-based tech giant and could help the company in making path-breaking advancements in its AI technology. As per a recent report published in the Bloomberg, the Director of AI research, Russ Salakhutdinov recently broke the news at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Barcelona.
Well, the move is not completely surprising at all as the Cupertino-based tech conglomerate has already made its intent clear to step away from the secretive, insular development processes to improve the performance of its voice assistant Siri. As a process, Apple also announced earlier this year that the company would allow third-party developers to integrate the Siri voice assistant into their apps, which will make the voice assistant more useful.
Although, Apple was unwilling to publish its research works initially along with the refusal to engage with the third-party app developers. But the stiff competition from Microsoft and Google has made them to change their mind. Siri was first launched in 2011 and made Apple a pathfinder in this technology. But since then, the tech giant has fallen behind Microsoft and Alphabet whose Cortana and Google Assistant is doing wonders and advancing at a rapid speed.
One of the main reasons why Microsoft and Google have advanced so much in the AI technology, is these companies allow their researchers to publish their papers and to engage in wider academic discussions. So as a result, these companies attract the best talent in this field as the skilled researchers would naturally be attracted to the companies which facilitate them to share their research work and discoveries with the professionals.
So with this move, how will the Apple device owners be benefitted? The main motto of this move is to improve Siri at a much faster rate and to make this personal assistant more useful, which is very likely to happen with the upcoming updates. So what do you think of this move? Let us know by commenting below.