Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless

Posted June 10, 2017

However, the Open Rights Group has warned that any push to censor the internet would be a "very risky approach", and firms including Apple have opposed the government's stance of putting "backdoors" into companies' encryption for spy agencies to access, saying this would leave devices vulnerable to hackers. "I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m".

"The consequences are spreading faster and cutting deeper than ever before", Cook said. He highlighted threats to security and to privacy, and the antisocial aspects of social media as some of technology's inherent pitfalls.

But Cook said there was plenty of useful information tech companies could share in the form of metadata.

Cook said he isn't anxious about artificial intelligence giving computers the ability to think like humans. "I'm concerned about humans becoming computers without compassion". "There's so much out there conspiring to make you cynical".

"Sometimes the very technology that's meant to connect us, divides us", he said, adding: "Don't listen to trolls, and for God's sake, don't become one".

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Cook was chosen for his role as a "trailblazer" in championing innovation, MIT said in a statement.

"Whatever you do in your life, and whatever we do at Apple, we must infuse it with the humanity that we are born with", said Cook, who previously served as chief operating officer and headed the Macintosh division.

Some of those companies have been commenting on goings on at the White House though and Tim Cook made it clear that he disagreed with Trump over the Paris climate agreement withdrawal. "Measure impact in humanity - not in the likes but thelives you touch and the people you serve".

Cook, who will give this year's MIT commencement address, is spending the day before learning more about research on campus, much of it involving sensors and AI. "We both love hard problems, we love to search for new ideas, and we especially love finding these ideas - the ones that change the world", Cook said. The iPhone maker says that encryption works differently but even then it contains important information thanks to the presence of metadata.

About a dozen tech leaders - including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt and others - are expected to attend, according to Bloomberg.

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