Apple Director of Machine Learning resigns due to return to office work

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Apple employees began returning to Apple Park last month, with the three-day in-office work policy being enacted on May 23. Some employees have been unhappy about the plan to return to in-person work. In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook during the summer, a group of employees said “Without the inclusivity that flexibility brings, many of us feel we have to choose between either a combination of our families, our well-being, and being empowered to do our best work, or being a part of Apple. This is a decision none of us take lightly, and a decision many would prefer not to have to make.” Note: Due to the political or social nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

According to The Verge’s Zo Schiffer, Apple’s director of machine learning, Ian Goodfellow, has left from his position little over four years after joining the firm after previously being one of Google’s top AI engineers. Goodfellow allegedly informed colleagues of his resignation via email, citing Apple’s intention to return to in-person work, which required employees to work from the office at least one day per week by April 11, two days per week by May 2, and three days per week by May 23. “I really feel that more flexibility would have been the greatest policy for my staff,” Goodfellow wrote in an email.

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