This past Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was recently acclaimed as an even better leader than the legendary Steve Jobs, carved out a morning from his very busy schedule to deliver a commencement speech for the 2019 graduates of Tulane University in New Orleans.
Speaking to the graduates, the CEO made the bold statement that his generation has failed today’s kids on climate change. “In some important ways, my generation has failed you. We have spent too much time debating, we have been focused on the fight and not focused enough on progress. And for that you don’t need to look far to find an example of that failure.” He made the statement while talking about climate change which has brought frequent natural disasters to New Orleans.
Cook noted that when it comes to climate change, it doesn’t get easier based on who wins an election. He also pointed out that “we don’t build monuments to trolls, and we’re not going to start now.
The Apple CEO also briefly commented on the tech industry. Cook cautioned the graduates to not get caught up in echo chambers and algorithm. He said algorithms that run our digital lives can keep us wrapped up in ideas we already agree with rather than exposing people to alternative view points. He challenged the students to seek out information from the other side.
Cook concluded his speech by encouraging Tulane graduates to build a better world for tomorrow, and make a change and focus on the major problems society is facing today.