Video: Tim Cook on being gay, Apple and AI

I wanted to draw people’s attention to this outstandingly interesting CNN interview with Apple’s passionate CEO, Tim Cook.

He talks about his experience growing up gay, why he felt compelled to become the first big CEO to come out, and how he sees the future of privacy, Apple and artificial intelligence.

The interview is very much worth watching.

Some highlights

On being a minority

“The feeling of being in a minority gives you a sense of empathy… it also gives you thick skin, which is beneficial for this role (Apple CEO).”

On treating people properly

“At the end of the day the problem comes down to treating people with dignity and respect. If in one day somebody could declare everyone treat everyone is with dignity and respect, the world would be completely different, wouldn’t it be great?”

On autonomy

“We are working on autonomous systems (on the software side, to be clear), but we think autonomy can be a core technology.

“But autonomy can be used in a lot of differnt ways, and it turns out that it is the mother of all machine learning projects, so you build a lot of skills in working on autonomy that can be used all across the company.”

There is so much more in the interview. I truly think Tim Cook shows the future of how executives will think, once the old, tired and reactionary forces so powerful today eventually die out.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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