Apple’s head of machine learning jumps ship

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Since March 2019, Ian Goodfellow is head of machine learning at Apple. As the firm reminds us, this field of study of artificial intelligence is deployed via many of its devices such as watches, iPhones, iPads and even Macs. Thanks to Core ML, publishers can notably improve the performance of their apps by counting on the know-how of Cupertino.

Unfortunately, the one that previously went through Google and Open AI (Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Sam Altman) would have chosen to abandon the project as reported by Zoë Schiffer from The Verge. The journalist explains that she had access to a farewell e-mail in which the reasons for the engineer’s departure are mentioned, echoing recent tumults within the human resources of the apple brand.

Telecommuting, yes thank you

Goodfellow’s letter is very clear. “I strongly believe that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team“. In other words, the framework seems to refer directly to the obligation for Apple employees to now be present on its premises at least two days a week. And soon three, starting Monday, May 23 which is announced.

These changes in internal policy come as thousands of employees have become accustomed to working from home or in coworking spaces since the end of 2019. The coronavirus pandemic has indeed largely democratized the practice, which may therefore have sufficiently conquered the crowds for the clutches of Cupertino.

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An example ?

Regularly quoted in the media and at the head of a specialized research group for several months, Ian Goodfellow has also been published in one of the most widely used artificial intelligence textbooks at the university. Moreover, he graduated from Stanford and trained by Andrew Ng (Google Brain), the doctor could therefore use his aura here to influence other colleagues.

Apple’s working environment has come under fire lately. In New York, for example, team members from a well-known store formed a union to be better paid, while a whistleblower accusing the group of sexism was thanked for her controversial position.

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