Apple’s spun Turi into its machine learning division

At the beginning of August, Apple officially acquired a startup focused on machine learning called Turi. Apple is now ramping up hiring for its new machine learning division and has spun Turi into that unit, according to job posts first discovered by MacRumors. Apple’s new division should remain in Seattle, where Turi was originally based.

As a result of this new division, Apple has reportedly begun hiring individuals to pad the team’s ranks, including new data scientists and application developers. Those new hires will be based out of Seattle, Washington, where Turi is originally located.

The team will allegedly be working with Apple’s product divisions back at Cupertino, with the goal of implementing new features into existing devices, as well as building out new ideas for new products. Of course, what that looks like right now, or what Apple might be working on, is unknown.
Turi is the new machine learning division at Apple. We build tools that enable teams across Apple to develop machine learning solutions to power amazingly intelligent user experiences. We are looking for new energetic members to join our ML Applications team to collaborate with product teams on a variety of proof-of-concept projects.
Apple’s stealth work on artificial intelligence and machine learning came to light in a recent interview journalist Steven Levy conducted with Apple executives, which details how AI and ML techniques are being used to improve Siri intelligence and natural language processing, the Apple Pencil experience and iOS 10.

Prior to the acquisition, Turi was building platforms to help develop intelligent applications using machine learning technology. Its products—including Turi Machine Learning Platform, GraphLab Create and Turi Predictive Services—were used by a number of Fortune 500 companies for fraud detection, recommendation engines, lead scoring and other predictive capabilities.



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