One of Google’s top Artificial Intelligence engineer jumps to Apple.
Who is Ian Goodfellow?
Ian Goodfellow, one of Google’s mastermind behind the artificial intelligence developments, joined Apple in March as a director of Machine Learning in the Special Project Groups, according to his LinkedIn profile.
According to CNBC, Goodfellow is considered as the father of generative adversarial networks, or GAN’s. This technology is behind the creation of deepfakes, video forgeries that make people do or say things they have not done or said.
Deepfakes have been taking the tech world by storm and are infamous for video forgeries in pornographic films.
Neither Google nor Apple responded to the requests for comment. And just like them, Goodfellow did not immediately respond to the comment requests either.
This comes as Apple, Google, and Amazon are delving deeper in the world of Artificial Intelligence technologies. In July, Google’s longtime head of Artificial Intelligence, John Guinnandrea, joined Apple to start working on the company’s voice assistant – Siri.
Google’s AI Ambition
This rapid abandoning of Google’s artificial intelligence research by fellow engineers leads us to the question – How good is Google’s AI ambition?
It brings their research and projects under heavy scrutiny. Critics demanded that the company’s newly-appointed head of the AI ethics council, Kay Cole James, drop his “anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-immigrant” attitude or better yet, the member himself.
A Deeper Learning Of What Happened
On Monday, a group of employees by the name – Googlers against Transphobia and Hate – published a petition demanding the removal of James from the council. And more than 2,000 employees have signed it.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement, “It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted. So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board. We’ll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics.”
Surprisingly this isn’t the first time, Google’s AI has drawn scrutiny. Last Summer, the employees protested against Project Maven, a collaboration with the Pentagon to help develop AI for drone footage. In response to the protest, Google declared it wouldn’t renew the contract.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, released ethical guidelines for the company to follow its company to follow as it creates AI technology. Those guidelines include vows to never develop AI technology as a means of weaponry and warfare.