🔒 Musk threatens Apple ban over OpenAI integration concerns

Elon Musk, billionaire entrepreneur, has issued a stern warning to Apple Inc. amidst their plans to integrate OpenAI’s ChatGPT into their operating systems. Musk, co-founder of OpenAI, deems this integration a significant security risk and threatens to ban Apple devices from his companies if implemented. With concerns over AI safety at the forefront, Musk’s stance underscores the growing tension between tech giants. Meanwhile, Apple asserts privacy measures, yet Musk remains sceptical, questioning Apple’s understanding of AI implications.

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By Nick Turner

Billionaire Elon Musk said he would ban Apple Inc. devices from his companies if OpenAI’s artificial intelligence software is integrated at the operating system level, calling the tie-up a security risk. ___STEADY_PAYWALL___

The remarks followed a presentation Monday by Apple Inc., when the iPhone maker said that customers would have access to OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot through the Siri digital assistant. Apple plans to roll out the capabilities as part of a suite of new AI features later this year. 

Musk co-founded OpenAI but had a falling-out with the San Francisco-based startup. He has voiced concerns about the safety implications of speedy development of generative AI technology, but he’s also working on his own competitor to ChatGPT.

“If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, then Apple devices will be banned at my companies,” Musk wrote on X, the social network that he owns. “That is an unacceptable security violation.”

Musk runs Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. He also has his own AI startup, called xAI, with a chatbot named Grok. 

“Visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” he added, referring to a device that blocks electromagnetic fields. 

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple Inc. iPhone 14 smartphones at the company’s store in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea, on Friday, March 31, 2023. Apple has enlisted K-pop girl band NewJeans to woo users in South Korea as the worlds most valuable company bets on a post-Covid global rebound in spending. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

During Apple’s presentation, the company said that “ChatGPT integration” will be coming to its operating systems for the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers later this year. But it also said that user data wouldn’t be tracked and there would be other precautions. 

“Privacy protections are built in when accessing ChatGPT within Siri,” Apple said in a statement announcing the feature. “Requests are not stored by OpenAI, and users’ IP addresses are obscured.”

Musk continued to take digs at Apple on Monday, saying that the company couldn’t make its own AI and had “no clue what’s actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI.”

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