Tim Cook says AR and preventative healthcare are the next big things in tech
What you need to know
- Tim Cook says that AR and preventative healthcare will be the next big developments in tech.
- The Apple CEO was speaking to IDA Ireland whilst collecting a Special Recognition Award.
- He believes that the intersection of tech and healthcare hasn't been explored very well.
Tim Cook has said that he believes AR and preventative healthcare will be the next big developments in tech.
Tim Cook spoke to an audience in Dublin, Ireland whilst collecting a Special Recognition Award for Apple's contributions to FDI in the country. As Silicon Republic notes, Cook took part in a discussion chaired by IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan:
Cook believes that AR, unlike other technology, can actually be used to enhance human connection, rather than acting as a substitute for it, something he says he is "deeply worried about in other technologies."
In terms of healthcare, he said he was "extremely excited" about the sector, but that the intersection hadn't yet been explored very well. He stated that most tech associated with healthcare is only designed to help people if they get into serious trouble, for example, Apple Watch's fall detection system. He said:
Not only can tech help increase the effectiveness of preventative healthcare, but Cook believes it could also drive down the cost involved "fundamentally", as it could reduce the amount of money spent on cases that aren't identified soon enough.
Cook, in typical Apple fashion, didn't offer any specifics about what Apple might be planning to do in either of these sectors. But with the increasing power of Apple Watch and Apple's rumored forays into the world of Augmented Reality, it probably won't be long before we see Apple making more moves in both fields.
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