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Apple CEO Tim Cook Tells Graduates To 'Push Back' Against Belief-Reinforcing Algorithms

Sunday May 19, 2019. 09:34 AM , from Slashdot
CNBC reports:
Apple CEO Tim Cook challenged Gen Z to clean up the messes Baby Boomers have left behind. 'In some important ways, my generation has failed you,' Cook said Saturday in his commencement speech at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

He emphasized climate change, according to the article -- though he also shared a memory about how Steve Jobs had convinced him to leave Compaq in 1998 'to join a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy.' Cook gave some advice while remembering all the hard work that followed:
'There is a saying that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life,' Cook said Saturday in his commencement speech at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 'At Apple, I learned that is a total crock,' Cook said. Rather, when you find a job you are passionate about, you will work hard, but you won't mind doing so, Cook says. 'You will work harder than you ever thought possible, but the tools will feel light in your hands,' Cook says.

Cook also emphasized the importance of listening to other opinions, according to Business Insider:
In what could have been a reference to Facebook, which has been under scrutiny in recent years over how it chooses the information displayed in its News Feed, the Apple CEO urged students to open their eyes. 'Today, certain algorithms pull you toward the things you already know, believe, or like, and they push away everything else,' he said. 'Push back. It shouldn't be this way. But in 2019 opening your eyes and seeing things in a new way can be a revolutionary act....' Apple has notably pursued human curation for its Apple News app.

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