The head of machine learning is leaving Apple due to forced return to offices

In March 2019, Ian Goodfellow left Google, where he previously worked for six years, to join Apple as the new manager of the machine learning team. Now he has decided to leave the company. The reason was the “pilot program” of returning employees to offices, which began last month.

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple introduced a remote work system in 2020. Last summer, Tim Cook announced a plan to organize the return of employees to the offices, but the pandemic situation in the US forced the company to postpone it several times. Only in April this year the company managed to start its implementation. This idea from the very beginning disliked many employees who actively tried to convince their superiors to change their plans and allow all interested parties to continue working remotely. An internal survey conducted by them showed that almost 90% of them would prefer to be able to continue working remotely, 58.5% are afraid that the forced return to the office will induce their colleagues to leave, and 36.7% consider leaving if they cannot still work from home.

Ian Goodfellow, the originator of the GAN (generative adversarial network) technology, is the first Apple employee in high rank to leave the company due to the inability to continue working remotely. In his last memo, he wrote that in his opinion more flexibility in choosing the way of working would be the best solution for his team.

Source: 9to5Mac

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