Google, Apple Once Fought to Hire and Retain 2 IIT Engineers

Google, Apple Once Fought to Hire and Retain 2 IIT Engineers

US tech giantsGoogle and Apple once had a war going to get the services of three important engineers, Srinivasan Venkatachary, Steven Baker and Anand Shukla, who play a key role in ramping up the artificial intelligence (AI) services, according to a report by The Information.

The three engineers had previously worked for Apple and were instrumental in modernising Apple’s search technology. They are now with Google and working on large-language models (LLMs), to lower training costs and advance the precision of LLMs and the products based on these models. The report said that Google CEO Sundar Pichai personally wooed the engineers to join his team, while Apple CEO Tim Cook tried convincing them to stay at the company.

Srinivasan Venkatachary studied B.Tech in Computer Science (1992–1996) from IIT Madras, while Anand Shukla completed the same degree from IIT Kanpur.

Apple has not yet revealed its first LLM-based technology, while Google has made its Bard AI available for search in some regions. Microsoft has already started incorporating AI and LLMs into its products like Bing search and Microsoft Office.