Dear Visitor,

Our system has found that you are using an ad-blocking browser add-on.

We just wanted to let you know that our site content is, of course, available to you absolutely free of charge.

Our ads are the only way we have to be able to bring you the latest high-quality content, which is written by professional journalists, with the help of editors, graphic designers, and our site production and I.T. staff, as well as many other talented people who work around the clock for this site.

So, we ask you to add this site to your Ad Blocker’s "white list" or to simply disable your Ad Blocker while visiting this site.

Continue on this site freely
  HOME     MENU     SEARCH     NEWSLETTER    
TECHNOLOGY, DISCOVERY & INNOVATION. UPDATED 8 MINUTES AGO.
You are here: Home / Innovation / 'Tech Without Values Is Worthless'
Apple CEO to MIT Grads: Tech Without Values Is Worthless
Apple CEO to MIT Grads: Tech Without Values Is Worthless
Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JUNE
12
2017
Science is worthless if it isn't motivated by basic human values and the desire to help people, Apple CEO Tim Cook told graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday, urging them to use their powers for good.

In a commencement address, Cook -- who as Apple's chief executive since 2011 has overseen the rollout of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch -- said his own company is constantly looking for ways to combine tech with a sense of humanity and compassion.

"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.

"That responsibility is immense. But so is the opportunity," he said.

Cook said Apple wants to make products that help people. As examples, he cited iPhone technology that can help a blind athlete run a marathon, and an iPad that connects an autistic child connect to the world around them.

"When you keep people at the center of what you do, it can impact," he said.

Cook said he isn't worried about artificial intelligence giving computers the ability to think like humans.

"I'm more concerned about people thinking like computers without values or compassion or concern for the consequences," he said. "That is what we need you to help us guard against. Because if science is a search in the darkness, then the humanities are a candle that shows us where we have been and the danger that lies ahead."

Cook also urged graduates to resist becoming cynical.

"The internet enabled so much and empowered so many, but it can also be a place where basic rules of decency are suspended and pettiness and negativity thrive," he said. "Don't let that noise knock you off course. Don't get caught up in the trivial aspects of life. Don't listen to trolls and don't become one. Measure impact in humanity not in the likes, but the lives you touch and the people you serve."

© 2017 Associated Press under contract with NewsEdge/Acquire Media. All rights reserved.

Image credit: Apple.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
MORE IN INNOVATION
SCI-TECH TODAY
NEWSFACTOR NETWORK SITES
NEWSFACTOR SERVICES
© Copyright 2017 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.