Two Union Square (right) – the home of Apple’s Seattle office
Apple, usually famous for being a very secretive corporation, has made a rather interesting revelation this Thursday. Carlos Guestrin, a University of Washington professor, former Turi CEO, and now director of machine learning at Apple, announced that the company will be expanding its offices in Seattle:
We’re trying to find the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning – excited about research and thinking long term but also bringing those ideas into products that impact and delight our customers… The bar is high, but we’re going to be hiring as quickly as we can find people that meet our high bar, which is exciting.
If you don’t happen to know that Tim Cook & Co. have an office in Seattle, then you’re not alone. The Two Union Square skyscraper that hosts the office doesn’t even have Apple’s name listed on its main directory. However, a big portion of Cupertino’s R&D in the fields of machine learning and AI is done at the two floors that the tech giant currently leases. Soon, the company will acquire more space in order to accommodate staff from Turi – an AI and machine learning startup, which Apple bought last year for about $200 million.
Guestrin went on to describe Seattle as a place with great potential for AI. The city is home to the headquarters of Microsoft and Amazon, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the University of Washington. When asked about Apple’s approach for the technology, Guestrin was a bit vague, but said that his team will be doing a combination of short- and long-term AI research, developing features for upcoming gadgets across “the whole spectrum.”