Apple’s former machine learning director reportedly joins Google’s DeepMind team
An Apple executive who oversaw Apple’s machine learning and artificial intelligence efforts has left the company in recent weeks, citing its strict back-to-office policy, according to Bloomberg. Ian Goodfellow has now reportedly joined Google’s DeepMind team as an individual contributor, a few years after leaving the tech giant for Apple. According to his LinkedIn profile, Goodfellow has worked in various capacities for Google since 2013, including as a research scientist and as a software engineering intern.
Bloomberg says the former Apple executive referenced the policy in a memo about his departure to staffers. In April, Apple announced that it would begin implementing its back-to-office policy on May 23 and would require employees to work in its offices at least three times a week.
The New York Times just reported, however, that the company has softened its stance on remote working and will now launch a pilot project that will see some employees come into the office only twice a week. Google has also started implementing a “hybrid work” plan that requires employees to physically work in its offices on certain days of the week, but Goodfellow may have played a role that gives him more freedom.
Goodfellow oversaw engineers working on self-driving technology at Apple and developed a system that gave Google Maps the ability to automatically transcribe addresses from Street View car photos. However, he is probably best known for inventing Generative Adversarial Networks or GANs, which can be used to create deepfakes.
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