Apple CEO to MIT grads: Tech without values is worthless

Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates that technology - and social media in particular - can divide society even as they are meant to bring people together. "I can not speak on detail on that".

Cook did not specify which attacks required Apple's assistance.

The UK government is looking to introduce new legislation that would break encryption used in many products; it also wants tech companies' help in regulating the internet, in effect censoring parts of it in an attempt to crack down on extremist content posted online. There has been little detail on how the terrorists communicated with one another to plan the attacks, but Cook said that he believes Apple provided valuable information to the investigations.

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Apple's adherence to high standards of privacy and encryption has been criticised by governments and law enforcement officials in the past. Cook further stated that encryption works differently than you might think as there is some scope for building the profile of an individual using metadata - not the exact info but some of it.

"The reality is that cyberattacks on people and governments - these affect your safety and security", he added.

In an interview with MIT Technology Review conducted a few hours after the meeting with Picard, Cook ticks off a list: image recognition in our photos, for example, or the way Apple Music learns from what we have been listening to and adjusts its recommendations accordingly.

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He added: "It wasn't about not wanting to advise on something that we thought should be heard". Last week he criticized Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord.

Cook spoke after Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, where the company unveiled a new internet-connected speaker called HomePod and updated its Siri digital assistant to Wednesday users more tightly to its growing slate of products and services. This technology superimposes graphics and other information onto a person's view of the world. The Pope sized up technology's growing importance as being a double-edged sword, Cook said.

While he calls AI "profound" and increasingly capable of doing unbelievable things, on matters that require judgment he's not comfortable with automating the human entirely out of the equation. Says Cook: "We are not going to go through things we're going to do in 2019, '20, '21".

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