Ian Goodfellow, who supervised machine learning at Apple before leaving due to the in-person work policy, will be joining Alphabet’s DeepMind, according to Bloomberg today.

Goodfellow joined Google in 2013 as a software engineering intern, and when he left in March 2016, he was a senior research scientist at Google Brain. He spent a year at Open AI before going back to Google for two more years.

He held the position of hired by Apple as the Special Projects Group’s director of machine learning in March 2019. At the beginning of May, it became apparent that although he was an delayed today , he was actually an left over the companys return to work policy , which eventually calls for working three days each week. As 9to5Mac points out:

Managers of specific teams are apparently allowed some latitude by Apple to modify policies as they see suitable. However, it doesn’t seem like this was the case for Goodfellow’s squad.

Ian Goodfellow is joining DeepMind, a division of Alphabet that enhances Google products but is a part of Alphabet. In accordance with Bloomberg:

According to the people, who wanted to remain anonymous because the hiring hasn’t yet been made public, Goodfellow’s move to Google represents a victory for the DeepMind division, which is employing him as an individual contributor. Goodfellow is regarded as one of the top researchers in machine learning, thus the move is a type of reunion.

Goodfellow is credited as the creator of generative adversarial networks (GANs), which can be used to create photorealistic deep fakes among other things, but DeepMind declined to comment. In the highly competitive fields of AI and ML, hiring practices are laxer at Alphabet than at Apple, according to this perception.

On the other hand, Google is keen on bringing people back since it thinks that in-person work fosters collaboration and spontaneity. With that in mind, it just constructed a new campus in Bay View, but it is better at allowing WFH (work from home) exceptions.

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