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Apple CEO Tim Cook Tackles Truth in the Digital Age (cnbc.com) 214

Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the University of Glasgow yesterday to be awarded an honorary doctorate. During the Q&A session, one audience member asked Cook to tell what the future looks like. Following is Cook's response: "The world is going through an enormous change. We used to watch three or four people tell us the news, and generally speaking most of us trusted that ... now you are growing up in an environment where everyone is telling you the news and everyone is trying to influence your opinion on something," Cook said. "Generally society hasn't moved as fast as technology has ... so all of us have been put in a position to make sure that when we hear something we automatically take it as our opinion that we think through the different views on it and unfortunately make sure it is accurate as well."
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Tackles Truth in the Digital Age

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  • by Quakeulf ( 2650167 ) on Thursday February 09, 2017 @10:27AM (#53832671)
    And Apple has been a great influencer itself.
    • And Apple has been a great influencer itself.

      Which is good, because there can't be any heretical truefacts about Apple. To believe so is a thoughtcrime and criminally unsocial.

      Any facts about Apple which are in unpraiseful of Apple cannot be truefacts and must be properly edited as they are doubleplus ungood.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Steve appears to me every night, surrounded by a bluish glow and tells me The Truth.

  • *raises hand* (Score:5, Insightful)

    by RogueWarrior65 ( 678876 ) on Thursday February 09, 2017 @10:38AM (#53832763)

    Umm...does anyone else think he's really not focused on running Apple like Steve did?

    • Umm...does anyone else think he's really not focused on running Apple like Steve did?

      You mean as opposed to the guy who ran Pixar on the side? The guy who designed glass stairs for the Apple Stores? That totally focused on running Apple guy?

    • Umm...does anyone else think he's really not focused on running Apple like Steve did?

      Lacking a driven, hard-driving, asshole visionary like Jobs, Apple is, quite predictably, following in Microsoft's footsteps. After all, visionaries who have the stuff to go all the way are pretty rare. Besides, Apple is old and fat enough that it was their time to settle into complacency anyway - and I challenge you to name any major tech company that hasn't followed that path. It seems pretty much inevitable, as though it's a universal law or something.

      At least what Tim Cook says is sensible and has some

    • by Raenex ( 947668 )

      Jobs died at the right time, at the height of Apple's glory. I doubt Jobs had any more groundbreaking innovations up his sleeve. He probably would have done the smart watch while iterating on Apple's existing products, just like Cook is doing.

      Instead of that, Jobs gets to be remain a legend in perpetuity, while Cook has to forever live in his shadow and listen to comments how much Apple would be innovating if Jobs was still alive.

    • Nor should he be - he's not Steve Jobs.

      I mean don't get me wrong - Steve had a lot of great ideas, but a lot of terrible ones that have left his company way behind in some respects - like Steve's aversion to touch screens on laptops/desktops.

  • by zifn4b ( 1040588 ) on Thursday February 09, 2017 @10:52AM (#53832857)
    Correct Mr. Cook "Generally society hasn't moved as fast as technology has". Some of us are still engaged in practices like keeping corporate cash holdings in off shore tax shelters and claiming that there is a tech worker shortage when in reality it's just greed driving corporate profits in the form of hiring cheaper H-1B visas that are willing to put up with unreasonable working conditions so they can make more money. Some things never change.
    • Some of us are still engaged in practices like keeping corporate cash holdings in off shore tax shelters

      Some of us understand how international tax policies work. The cash that you talk about will cost 30% should Apple decide to repatriate it. Since the money was generated overseas through overseas sales, the most financially sound idea is to keep it overseas.

      claiming that there is a tech worker shortage when in reality it's just greed driving corporate profits in the form of hiring cheaper H-1B visas that are willing to put up with unreasonable working conditions so they can make more money. Some things never change.

      For 2016 Apple has applied [myvisajobs.com] for 4639 H1B and 2096 green cards for a total of roughly 6700 workers in the use. Apple employs roughly 66,000 workers in the US. So 10% of their workforce. The average salary of H1B is $140K and green cards is $150K. So I don'

  • Right now the world has a lot of very loud assholes. this encourages others to be assholes.
    Stay away from anyone acting extreme right and left, just shut them completely out of your life as they are the scummiest of people.
    If they cant have a civilized and calm discussion, eject them from your life rapidly. yes even family.

    My problem is these people are infecting everything, A discussion about antenna theory and basics turns into a shitshow of aggressive posturing when you mention something like "you shou

    • This is a very accurate description of what happened to slashdot. George Washington said that politics and political division would be the downfall of the US.
  • Optimistic (Score:4, Insightful)

    by InfiniteZero ( 587028 ) on Thursday February 09, 2017 @11:27AM (#53833099)

    Cook is way too optimistic. If all of us stopped for a minute to think things through, we wouldn't have been in the mess we are in. Can't blame him though. A large part of the man's job is to think, so he thinks (pun intended) it comes natural for everyone. It's the reverse Dunning–Kruger effect.

    Someone told Democrat presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in the 1950s, “You are doing great. All thinking men are with you.” “No,” Stevenson replied. “I need a majority.”

    • Cook is way too optimistic. If all of us stopped for a minute to think things through, we wouldn't have been in the mess we are in. Can't blame him though. A large part of the man's job is to think, so he thinks (pun intended) it comes natural for everyone. It's the reverse Dunning–Kruger effect.

      Someone told Democrat presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in the 1950s, “You are doing great. All thinking men are with you.” “No,” Stevenson replied. “I need a majority.”

      As long as "think things through" is equal parts intelligence and pragmatic leadership. If you're not careful you get another Woodrow Wilson.

  • What does objective 'truth' even mean in a postmodern era, where 'your truth' is not 'my truth' and reality is just a competing set of narratives supported by carefully-selected information?
  • ... in the comment section.

    The fucking "press," died a few years ago. Journalists have all but disappeared.

    "Reporters," are actually actors who go from the makeup chair to the anchor desk on visual media to read the teleprompter.

    MSM is tapping into external content like YouTube as filler. I tell my wife, while watching David Muir talking up a cute kid tublet, "That video snippet was viral two days ago in the intertoobs.

    "News," has been monetized and is actually, "entertainment."

    Know who's fault all that shi

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