Nvidia’s Director of Deep Learning with experience in self-driving vehicle system joins Apple

Apple has hired Nvidia’s director of deep learning, Jonathan Cohen, Re/code reported today. As is its wont, Apple declined to comment but news of Cohen’s hiring has since been officially confirmed via his LinkedIn profile, in which he states that he’s been with Apple since earlier this month.

At Nvidia, Cohen had worked on the company’s Drive PX platform that is used inside certain self-driving cars.

Deep learning allows computers to learn about recognising similar patterns in data and then organising them properly. It is a part of artificial intelligence and is very important for companies, especially those that are dabbling in self-driving vehicles.

“Lately, Nvidia has used the technique for cars,” Re/code explains, adding the graphics giant sells its GPUs to carmakers which use them to power cameras and radar that enable vehicles to drive autonomously.

“This is a big hire for Apple,” Chris Nicholson, co-founder of deep learning startup Skymind.io, told the publication. “Nvidia’s GPUs are being used to power auto-pilot systems in cars, so the implications are pretty clear.”

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