Apple CEO Tim Cook to address 2017 graduates at MIT

by Linda Olson June 10, 2017, 6:57
Apple CEO Tim Cook to address 2017 graduates at MIT

Technology must be infused with decency and kindness, Cook said.

Apple Inc. shares fell $0.08 (-0.05%) in premarket trading Tuesday.

"Technology is capable of doing great things, but it doesn't want to do great things".

He told the graduates that he went to graduate school, looking for the answer to questions about his objective in life.

Trump is expecting Tim Cook, who works at Apple and occasionally rubs up against the government in a bad way, and Jeff Bezos, who sells books.

"I know MIT has a proud tradition of pranks, or as you would call them, 'hacks, ' Cook said".

Get Data Sheet, Fortune's technology newsletter. "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". To illustrate that mission and its challenges, he told a more recent story about rebuffing a shareholder who objected to Apple's unprofitable environmental initiatives.

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But technology can often be the solution, he said, and as new alumni of MIT, the graduates were already on track to see that realized. Urging Americans not to reduce the world to algorithms but to find the essence of humanity and inject it into our technology, Cook seemed to imply that some technologies draw us in the wrong direction. "But in cases when we have information and they have gone through the lawful process we don't just give it but we do it very promptly", he added. While tech has made the world better, he said, sometimes it has revealed new problems for societies to solve.

As an alternative, Cook reiterated Jobs' frequent dictum that technology should be guided by the insights of the humanities and liberal arts.

Rafael Reif says Cook was selected to be commencement speaker for his "brilliance as a business leader, his genuineness as a human being and his passion for issues that matter to our community".

Cook believes that any new, low-rate federal tax on USA capital held overseas should be mandatory for all companies and that the proceeds should be used to upgrade US infrastructure, Bloomberg reports.

Cook's speech wasn't all grim warnings and grand challenges.

Cook has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's policies but offered only a gentle joke at the president's expense on Friday, telling students it is obvious they have taken over Trump's Twitter account. "I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets have been at 3 a.m".

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