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Google Hires Former Star Apple Engineer for Its AI Team

  • A software standout at Apple will work on Google Brain
  • Chris Lattner spent just six months running Tesla’s Autopilot
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Photographer: Angelos Tzortzinis/Bloomberg

Chris Lattner, a legend in the world of Apple software, has joined another rival of the iPhone maker: Alphabet Inc.’s Google, where he will work on artificial intelligence.

Lattner announced the news on Twitter on Monday, saying he will start next week. His arrival at Mountain View, California-based Google comes after a brief stint as head of the automated driving program at Tesla Inc., which he left in June. Lattner made a name for himself during a decade-plus career at Apple Inc., where he created the popular programming language Swift.