Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless

"And in a moment of youthful indiscretion, I might even have experimented with a Windows PC". Cook for instance, expressed his outrage earlier, when the U.S. announced that it was exiting the Paris accord.

"We have been cooperating with the United Kingdom government not only in law enforcement kind of matters but on some of the attacks", Cook said during a Bloomberg Television interview on Monday.

"I'm optimistic because I believe in your generation", Cook said.

"The area I'm personally excited about is AR", Cook said. "Threats to security, privacy, fake news and social media that becomes anti-social".

"I'm more concerned about people thinking like computers without values or compassion, without concern for consequences".

"Technology alone isn't the solution".

Mr Muh collecting the Apple Design Awards
Mr Muh collecting the Apple Design Awards

Cook says the fact that the press doesn't always give Apple credit for its AI may be due to the fact that Apple only likes to talk about the features of products it is ready to ship, while many others "sell futures".

He marveled at the "big ideas" that have already come out of MIT, including trademark student hacks. Nonetheless, his interview also touched on President Donald Trump's latest decision of removing the USA from the Paris climate accord, which Cook said was not in the best interest of the nation. "I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m".

Part of that perspective, for Cook, continues to be keeping an eye on what iPhone data Apple should be able to access, and what is too personal, something that became an issue in its high profile refusal a year ago to unlock iPhones at the behest of law enforcement (see "What If Apple is Wrong?").

Cook said joining Apple - under Steve Jobs' strong vision - lifted a "psychological burden", freeing him to indulge in work that served humanity. As examples, he cited iPhone technology that can help a blind athlete run a marathon and an iPad that connects an autistic child to the world around them. The government has recently arrested several people, who are suspected to have been involved in the recent attacks including a suicide bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester Arena in May.

Addressing the Class of 2017, Cook emphasized the importance of baking humanity into every decision and project, particularly when it came to technology.

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  • Delia Davidson