On Wednesday, Google announced that AI chief John Giannandrea would take over Search as Amit Singhal steps down.
In a Google+ post, Google's SVP for Search announced that he is leaving the company after 15 years. "My life has been a dream journey. From a little boy growing up in the Himalayas dreaming of the Star Trek computer, to an immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and not much else, to the person responsible for Search at Google, every turn has enriched me and made me a better person," said Singhal in his farewell post. "When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer. Today, it has become second nature to us. My dream Star Trek computer is becoming a reality, and it is far better than what I ever imagined."
Singhal's last day at Google will be February 26, after which Giannandrea will take the reins. As the new AI head takes over Google Search, many believe that major changes are ahead for the service. Giannandrea has led Google's AI team, applying machine learning to products such as Google Photos' image recognition and Inbox's smart reply. "Machine intelligence is crucial to our Search vision of building a truly intelligent assistant that connects our users to information and actions in the real world," said Google in a statement on the matter. Get ready for new artificial intelligence features coming to Google Search in the coming months.
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