Google’s Artificial Intelligence head Amit Singhal to retire this month

In a shocking news, Amit Singhal, chief of Google internet search business bid adieu to the company. According to Alphabet Inc, Google parent company John Giannandrea, the vice president of engineering will replace Singhal.

Amit Singhal joined Google in 2000, two years after the company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and is considered as one of the earliest search pioneers. February 26th will be his last day in Google and post-retirement Singhal plans to spend the next 15 years giving back to “people who are less fortunate.”

“Now is a good time to make this important life change. Things are in amazing shape. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day,” said Singhal in a blog post.

Amit Singhal, a Jhansi boy, holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from IIT, Roorkee, followed by a MS from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from Cornell University, At Cornell, where he learned Information Retrieval with one of the founders of this field, late Gerard Salton.

Singhal at Google oversaw the search quality team, responsible for Google’s search algorithms. It was during his tenure that Google developed Adwords, used to target ad based on users’ searches.

Google new appointee John Giannandrea looks after machine learning, the process in which computers improve performance by analyzing users’ actions. Google in an emailed statement said machine learning to be “crucial to our Search vision of building a truly intelligent assistant that connects our users to information and actions in the real world.”

It is due to Giannandreas’ work and efforts that came out in the form of technological products such as image recognition for Google Photos search, which searches through online images, and the smart reply for Google Inbox, which provides automatic reply suggestions for emails.

The announcement of Singhal’s retirement produced its effect in the form of stock crash down, the largest decline August, which trade analysts are hesitant to accept. Google closed down 4.03 percent at $749.38.

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