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Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless

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Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a sobering assessment of smartphones, social networks and artificial intelligence on Friday, warning graduates at MIT that "technology alone isn't the solution, and sometimes, it's even part of the problem".

"When technological advancement can go up so exponentially I do think there's a risk of losing sight of the fact that tech should serve humanity, not the other way around."
"I tried meditation. I sought guidance in religion". "I'll never figure out how MIT students sent that Mars Rover to Kresge Oval or put a propeller beanie on the Great Dome".

The joke, starting around 10:22 in the video above, got a hearty laugh from the crowd.

Even as the United Kingdom government insists on the removal of certain encryption standards Cook explains that Apple is restricted from obtaining some information from some of its users' devices. Nonetheless, his interview also touched on President Donald Trump's latest decision of removing the US from the Paris climate accord, which Cook said was not in the best interest of the nation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most prestigious colleges of the world, and is a hub for many students who grow up to be leaders in their field.

Cook praised the benefits of new devices and social media. "I'm more anxious about people thinking like computers". "Technology is capable of doing great things but it doesn't want to do great things, it doesn't want anything".


Cook has been chief executive at Apple since 2011, overseeing the rollout of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch.

"Before that moment, I had never met a leader with such passion or uncounted a company with such a clear and compelling objective to serve humanity" Cook said of Jobs and Apple.

Following the London Bridge terror attack, Prime Minister Theresa May said that technology companies must stop being a "safe space" for terror suspects. 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. "That is what we need you to help us guard against", Cook told the graduates. "Measure your impact on humanity, not on likes, but on the lives you touch; not in popularity, but in the people you serve".

"Don't listen to trolls and for god's sake, don't become one", he said, latter adding, "stay focused on what really matters".



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