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Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless

10 June 2017

Tim Cook made it a point to talk about his time with Steve Jobs and how he helped Cook find the way in life.

"We've been cooperating with the United Kingdom government, not only in law enforcement matters, but on some of the attacks - I can't speak in detail about that - but in cases where we have information and they've gone through the lawful process we, not just give it, but we do it very promptly", he told Bloomberg News in an interview.

"And it was in that moment, after 15 years of searching, something clicked". Cook said he had a conversation with Trump before the decision urging the president to remain in the accord.

"The potential adverse consequences [of technology] are spreading faster and cutting deeper", said Cook. And for God's sake, don't become one. However, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who is linking technology companies to the latest wave of attacks, may not take these updates kindly.

Cook brought up "fake news", of course, saying that social media turns people anti-social.

"I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 a.m.", Cook said in the opening of his half-hour speech.

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.

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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.

Part of that perspective, for Cook, continues to be keeping an eye on what iPhone data Apple should be able to access, and what is too personal, something that became an issue in its high profile refusal previous year to unlock iPhones at the behest of law enforcement (see "What If Apple is Wrong?").

"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.

In his address Friday, he highlighted his company's products and core values as examples of technology that puts people first.

"Change starts local. Even global changes start small - with people like us", the Facebook CEO said.

The company's CEO Tim Cook says that they will not make it easier for law enforcement to access data.

Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless