With a cursory read, one might hear what Tim Cook recently said and think that it’s a reasonable explanation for the “evils” of the world that stem from technology intended for good. In reality, it’s complete garbage.
There is no technology that can be used for evil purposes today that left the creators baffled when their works were turned into tools for evil. None. From the easiest examples like nuclear fission and fusion being turned into weapons technology to the more commonplace evils such as privacy bending to the will of those behind smart devices, all major technologies are understood for their basic uses. That’s not to say that every use can be anticipated, but nothing gets created without the understanding of its potential evil uses.
We are given an understand by our Creator that the things we dream up can be used for good or evil regardless of its intended purpose. This is a given in the world of technological advancement.
Perhaps what Cook meant to say is that creators of modern technology willfully ignore negative applications of their creations for the sake of advancing current technology beyond itself. Creators don’t get rich or famous by subverting creations for the sake of their potential evil use. It’s human nature to create things, and just about any creation of man is something that can be used for evil.
Here’s the quote, which oddly enough I found while exploring the political ramifications of Cook’s assessment on regulations. That part was boring and predictable, but his defense of tools of evil that had righteous original intentions is the one that caught my attention.
On the issue of smartphone addiction, Cook admits he is still glued to his phone for “several hours” a day, but looking at his trends over time he’s picking up his phone less.
“Technology is good or evil as you put it depending upon the creator,” Cook said. “Many times it’s not that the Creator set out to do evil. It’s that there wasn’t an anticipation of these negative things that it could be used for.”
It’s very possible that Cook really does mean well, but he runs a company that thrives on consumers perceived needs to stay connected, entertained, and trackable everywhere they go. If he thinks that wasn’t Apple’s intention, he’s delusional.