When Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at Stanford University’s commencement ceremony last Sunday, he urged graduates to learn from the recent controversies that have surrounded Silicon Valley tech giants like Facebook and Google in recent years.
“Lately, it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation: the belief that you can claim credit without accepting responsibility,” Cook said. “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. The miracles in exchange for a single drop of your blood.”
Cook made a powerful statement about accepting responsibility when addressing Stanford’s 2019 graduates, but it’s just one of the many lessons he imparted to college graduates this year.