Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless

Posted June 24, 2017

The rest of Cook's 14-minute commencement address on Friday was largely filled with the typical graduation pomp and platitudes.

He told the graduates that he went to graduate school, looking for the answer to questions about his objective in life. "I tried meditation. I sought guidance in religion". I read great philosophers and authors. "That is what we need you to help us guard against", Cook told the graduates.

Picard, an expert in using wearable devices and phone data to measure human emotions, is researching how data pulled from cell phones might help identify and perhaps even predict depression, a problem expected to be the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020. "It was in that moment, after 15 years of searching, something clicked", Cook said.

"I kept convincing myself that it was just over the horizon, around the next corner", he said.

"The potential adverse consequences [of technology] are spreading faster and cutting deeper", Cook said. "Don't listen to trolls".

"Sometimes the very technology that is meant to connect us, divides us." he said.

Cook did take shots at other technology-induced malaise, like fake news and security threats.

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

"But technology alone isn't the solution", he said.

He marveled at the "big ideas" that have already come out of MIT, including trademark student hacks.

"Or how you've obviously taken over the president's Twitter account". 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.

"Technology is capable of doing great things, but it doesn't want to do great things", the Apple chief executive said during his speech.

Cook declared that technology must be infused with the humanity we're born with, although throughout their budding careers they will find it's not always easy.

He also said Apple wants to make products that help people. Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless " When you keep people at the center of what you do, it can impact", he said.