Apple is finally getting a bit more friendly with third party music-streaming apps when it comes to Siri. Music-streaming companies like Spotify will soon be able to let users utilize Siri controls to play music through their apps thanks to Apple’s newly-anno…
Apple has just hired John Giannandrea, one of Google’s top AI executives. Giannandrea, was previously Google’s Head of AI and Search, The New York Times reports. According to a statement from Apple, Giannandrea will lead Apple's "machine learning and A.I. strategy," leading many to believe that the company may finally be upping its efforts to improve on Siri. He will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to Apple's CEO Tim Cook.
Google brought aboard Giannandrea in 2010 after it acquired MetaWeb, where he served as CTO. MetaWeb had sought to make search results more contextually aware through a large database of its tagged data.
As mentioned above, the acquisition comes at relatively crucial time with Apple's Siri seeming to continually play catch up to Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant products. Granted, a lot of this is due to Apple's focus on privacy and customer data, but even just getting Siri to hear queries correctly would be a huge start.
TechCrunch spoke with at their recent Disrupt SF conference, where he gave a lengthy interview about how humans could help improve on the smarts of computers, but they could also potentially pick up our own personal biases at the same time.
You have to admit, it was a pretty cunning ad by the fast food giant. In case you hadn't heard by now, Burger King had unveiled the above ad that was designed to query your Google Home device, which would in turn read a rather lengthy description of the Whopper burger from Wikipedia.
However, the search engine giant was less than amused, and as of about 2:45 PM ET yesterday according to The Verge, Google disabled the functionality, and it will no longer respond when prompted by the specific Burger King commercial that asks "What is the Whopper burger?" Although it will still respond from Wikipedia with the top result when a real user poses the same question. Similarly to its own Google Home commercials, more than likely the company was able to disable the audio clip from firing off the unwanted Home query triggers.
You may have noticed that before Google pulled the plug, the Whopper query brought up some rather less than flattering descriptions of the flagship sandwich, deeming it being full of ingredients like "toe nail clippings" and "rat." Wikipedia admins must have caught wind of this as the entry is now locked and only authorized users can update it.
For now, users will have to "have it their way" another way when researching Burger King offerings. What's interesting though is why Burger King didn't address Siri or Alexa?