Tim Cook extolls the virtues of tempering technology with compassion

Here is what Tim Cook told MIT graduates regarding AI & robotics.

While addressing thousands of students at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO urged graduates to infuse human elements in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence.

“I’m not worried about artificial intelligence giving computers the ability to think like humans,” said Cook in his commencement speech at MIT. “I’m more concerned about people thinking like computers, without values or compassion, without concern for consequence.”

While Cook praised the benefits of new devices and social media, he cautioned against technology dividing people through invasion of privacy or security.

“Technology is capable of doing great things, but it doesn’t want to do great things. It doesn’t want anything,” said Cook. “That part takes all of us.”

Although Cook’s speech did not break any new ground it nonetheless added valuable context to some of his past decisions to protect the privacy rights of people and heavily invest in green technologies.

His 15-minute talk was in contrast to much lengthier speeches by his predecessor, Steve Jobs, who gave a rousing speech at Stanford University wherein he outlined his free-thinking background and told graduates to find jobs that they loved.

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