Ashwin Ram, the head of Amazon’s Alexa AI research and development team, has jumped ship to lead AI development at Google Cloud..
“Google arguably has the best AI on the planet; my role will be to help make that AI even better and broadly available to everyone,” Ram said in his linkedin post. Mr. Ram is now the Technical Director of AI at Google Cloud, according to LinkedIn.
Ram is a high-profile get for Google’s AI efforts. He has been studying AI since 1980s, well before the current machine learning and AI boom that’s transforming many parts of the technology industry.
Ram has co-founded and led three technology companies, and has held technical executive positions at companies including research and development house PARC.
At Amazon, Ram was tasked with improving Alexa’s conversational capabilities and founded the Alexa Prize competition. During his time at the company, Alexa went from the voice behind the original Echo speaker to an ubiquitous voice assistant — battling for the top spot with the Google Assistant, which he will likely help craft in his new role.
Alexa, Say Goodbye to Ashwin Ram.