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Apple CEO Tim Cook gives Stanford University Commencement Address
Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a Commencement Address to graduates of Stanford University, California, on Sunday 16 June 2019.
The location is symbolic as it is where the late Steve Jobs gave an address, which is probably one of the most quoted by a technology leader, 14 years ago:
Tim Cook covered many themes in his address including digital privacy and the moral responsibilities of technology companies.
Because if I’ve learned one thing, it’s the technology doesn’t change who we are. it magnifies who we are the good and the bad. Our problems in technology in politics wherever our human problems from the Garden of Eden today, it’s our humanity that got us into this past. And it’s our humanity, it’s going to have to get us out.
First things first, here’s the plain fact, Silicon Valley is responsible for some of the most revolutionary inventions in modern history. From the first oscillator built in the Hewlett Packard garage, to the iPhones that I know you’re holding in your hands, social media, shareable videos, snaps and stories that connect half the people on earth. They all trace their roots to Stanford’s backyard. But lately, it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation. The belief that you can claim credit without accepting responsibility. We see it every day now, with every data breach every privacy violation. Every blind eye turned to hate speech, fake news poisoning our national conversation, but false miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood. Too many seem to think that good intentions, excuse away harmful outcomes. But whether you like it or not, what you build in what you create, define who you are. It feels a bit crazy that anyone should have to say this. But if you built a chaos factory, you can’t dodge responsibility for the chaos. Taking responsibility means having the courage to think things through. And there are few areas where this is more important than privacy. If we accept this normal, and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold, or even leaked in the event of a hack. That we lose so much more than data. We lose the freedom to be human
And on succeeding Steve Jobs:
14 years ago, Steve stood on this stage and told your predecessors, your time is limited. So don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Here’s my corollary.
Your mentors may leave you prepared. But they can’t leave you ready. When Steve got sick, I had hardwired my thinking, the belief that he would get better. I not only thought he would hold on, I was convinced down to my core, that he’d still be guiding Apple long after I myself was gone. Then one day, he called me over to his house and told me that it wasn’t going to be that way. Even then, I was convinced he would stay on his Chairman, that he would step back from the day to day but always be there as a sounding board.
But there was no reason to believe that.
I never should have thought it.
The facts were all there.
And when he was gone truly gone. I learned the real visceral difference between preparation and readiness. It was the loneliest I’ve ever felt in my life. by an order of magnitude. It was one of those moments where you can be surrounded by people. You don’t really see here or feel them. But I could sense their expectations.
When the dust settled, all I knew was that I was going to have to be the best version of myself that I could be. I knew that if you got out of bed every morning and set your watch by what other people expect or demand you to drive you crazy. So what was true, then it’s true now. Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Don’t try to emulate the people who came before you to the exclusion of everything else contorting into a shape that doesn’t fit. It takes too much mental effort, effort that should be dedicated to creating and building your ways, precious time trying to rewire your every thought. And in the meantime, you won’t be fooling anybody.
Also of note this week:
The BBC’s Dave Lee interviews Amazon’s Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels on its plans for machine learning and artificial intelligence. (BBC)
How Bluetooth beacons can track your every move. (New York Times)
The UK communications regulator OFCOM, subject to consultation, has decided that the BBC can extend the catch-up window of programmes on the BBC iPlayer from 30 days to 12 months. (OFCOM)
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