Apple’s head of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, has resigned from his position just over four years after joining the company after he was previously a senior AI employee at Google, according to the edge Zoe Schaffer.


Goodfellow reportedly broke the news to employees in an email, saying his resignation was due in part to Apple’s plan to return to in-person work, which requires employees to work from the office at least one day a week by April 11, at least two days away. One day a week by May 2, and at least three days a week by May 23. “I strongly believe that more flexibility would have been the best policy for my team,” Goodfellow said in the email.

Apple employees began returning to Apple Park last month, with the three-day office work policy in effect on May 23. Some employees were unhappy with the plan to go back to work in person.

In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook over the summer, a group of employees said, “Without the inclusion that flexibility brings, many of us feel we have to choose between a combination of our families, our well-being and empowering to do our best, or to be part of Apple. This A decision that none of us take seriously, and one that many would prefer not to make.”

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