Apple hasn’t always been forthcoming about its technology or its research, but the company is slowly starting to make some noise regarding its work on Artificial Intelligence.
A new blog has been launched by Apple, which is focused on machine learning research papers and sharing the company’s findings.
The Apple Machine Learning Journal has recently been launched which is why the it is empty right now. Only one post has been made public, which is regarding synthetic images conversion for the purpose of training neural networks.
A GIF from Apple’s first public machine learning paper, comparing synthetic eyes used to train AI.
The blog post states:
Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world.
The site announcement was made by Ruslan Salakhutdinov, the current director of AI research at Apple.
Very excited for the launch of Apple’s Machine Learning blog: https://t.co/SLDpnhwgT5. Check it out!
— Russ Salakhutdinov (@rsalakhu) July 19, 2017
Furthermore, Apple is perceived as lagging behind market competitors. Critics argue the company is lacking behind in machine learning and related fields, such as AI.
For contrast, Google — its Silicon Valley rival — has a subsidiary called DeepMind, which is one of the leaders in a machine learning technology called deep learning or neural networks.
Although Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, argued that the company makes use of cutting-edge technology but Apple’s lack of participation in keeping online journals, like Facebook, Google and Microsoft was becoming increasingly prominent.
Keeping everything aside, one thing is for certain is that steps towards engagement, like academic publications and an online journal, can attract an abundance of talent to the company.
It remains unclear how often the Apple team will post to the journal, but reportedly, they will continue to do so throughout the year.