After last year’s hiring of Google AI and search team leader John Giannandrea, Apple is continuing to bring over key AI talent from its rival, as it has hired respected inventor Ian Goodfellow to become a director of machine learning for its mysterious “special projects” group.

Goodfellow is best known for inventing generative adversarial networks (GANs), which pair two AI algorithms together with the goal of continuously improving one another — one AI could be tasked with creating realistic images, while the other AI acts as a judge of real versus fake images, such that both AIs spur each other to become better over time. His research also involved combating adversaria l attacks on neural networks that could undermine a GAN’s ability to perform its functions, including methods that were undetectable to human observers. READ MORE ON: VENTURE BEAT