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Elon Musk Threatens To Ban Apple Devices If OpenAI Is Integrated At Operating System Level

“It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to make their own AI,” Musk said in response to OpenAI integration.

Billionaire Elon Musk announced that he would ban Apple devices at his companies if the iPhone maker integrates OpenAI at the operating system level.

Musk, who heads Tesla (electric vehicles), SpaceX (rockets), and recently acquired social media platform X, took to X to express his concern.

“That is an unacceptable security violation, and visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Apple unveiled a wave of AI integrations for their apps and operating systems. They also announced a collaboration with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT, a popular AI tool, to its devices.

Apple said it had built AI with privacy “at the core” and it would use a combination of on-device processing and cloud computing to power those features.

“It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to make their own AI, yet is somehow capable of ensuring that OpenAI will protect your security & privacy!” Musk said on X.

CEO of consulting firm Creative Strategies, Ben Bajarin, said, It was unlikely that anyone would follow Musk’s lead, adding that Apple was trying to educate people that private cloud was as secure as keeping data on a device.

“What (Apple) is trying to now add to the narrative is when (data) leaves and goes to the secure private cloud, it’s similarly taking that same user data anonymization and firewalling of that information to you. Apple really never sees that,” he said.

Elon Musk took legal action against OpenAI, a company he co-founded in 2015, and its CEO Sam Altman. The lawsuit alleged that OpenAI had strayed from its initial goal of developing AI for the betterment of humanity, prioritizing profit instead.

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