Tom Gruber, the Last Remaining Siri Co-Founder, Retires From Apple

July 19, 2018
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Tom Gruber, the last remaining Siri co-founder, has announced his retirement from Apple. He was serving as the head of Siri’s Advanced Development group. The AI guru arrived in the Cupertino campus as a part of Siri, Inc. acquistion along with two other cofounders, Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer.

Tom Gruber at TED Talk in 2017

In 1988, Gruber started his career in academia when he started to work as a Research Associate at the Stanford University. He then moved to Enterprise Integration Technologies as Senior Project Leader. In 1995, he founded Intraspect Software where he served at the Chief Technology Officer where he developed solutions for “collaborative knowledge management”.

Together with Kittlaud and Adam Cheyer, Gruber established Siri, Inc. which was released an app for iPhone. The rest is history.

Even though the other two co-founders left within the two years of acquisition, Gruber stuck around to create a new industry of voice-powered digital assistants.

Last year, he delivered a TED Talk where he proposed the idea of augmenting human sensory functions to enhance productivity.

According to The Information, Apple has confirmed Gruber’s departure. He would be succeeded by former Googler John Giannandrea serving as Chief of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence under CEO Tim Cook. Gruber will now invest his time in “personal interests in photography and ocean conservation.”

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