Here’s another sign that Apple wants to be seen as an AI powerhouse

Apple on Wednesday introduced the Apple Machine Learning Journal, a website for highlighting its artificial intelligence research. In contrast to academic research papers — the conventional format for publishing research — the blog posts on the new site appear in Apple’s signature San Francisco system font with plenty of white space, and blocks of text are divided up with animated GIFs and whimsical subheads. Similarly, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft all maintain blogs where they publish updates in connection with academic papers and projects. The launch of the site is another sign of Apple’s interest in being seen as an active player in artificial intelligence research. An institutional “journal” does signify some type of ongoing commitment to an area, even if it doesn’t maintain the standards of a more formal academic journal, such as the Journal of Machine Learning Research. The site doubles as a recruiting tool — certain machine learning engineers could be inspired to apply for jobs after reading one of the blog posts. It comes nine months after Apple appointed Carnegie Mellon University professor Ruslan Salakhutdinov as its director of AI research. And Apple made a big splash in AI at its developer conference in June with the…

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