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AI guru Tom Gruber, last of the Siri founders, retires from Apple

Bye Siri, says Apple AI’s last remaining founder

Tom Gruber, an artificial intelligence expert who co-founded Siri, one of the original Siri co-founders prior to its purchase by Apple and was recently the head of Siri’s Advanced Development group has announced his retirement from the company, becoming the last of Siri’s three co founders to leave Apple.

The 59-year old will now devote his energies to pursuing “personal interests in photography and ocean conservation.”  

In 2007, Gruber became the co-founder of Siri, Inc., which was acquired by Apple three years later, with Siri feature soon incorporated into the iPhone and later other Apple products.

In a TED conference talk in 2017 called “Our Robotic Overlords,” Gruber predicted that while some fear artificial intelligence replacing humanity, it’s better for the technology to augment humanity.

Gruber’s departure comes as the Siri group is seeing a major haul in its leadership under new boss John Giannandrea, formerly Google’s head of AI and search. Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, with whom Gruber founded the original Siri Inc before it was bought over by Apple in 2010, left the iPhone maker years ago in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

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