Elon Musk threatens Apple device ban over OpenAI integration

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is raising security concerns over Apple’s decision to integrate OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot into its operating systems.  Following Apple’s announcement on Monday, Musk, a co-founder of OpenAI who later had a falling out with the company, took to his social media platform, X, to express his disapproval.

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Musk claims that integrating OpenAI software directly into the operating system (OS) creates an “unacceptable security violation.”  He worries about potential risks associated with this approach.  It’s important to note that Musk is also developing his own AI competitor to ChatGPT, called Grok.

The situation has escalated to the point where Musk is threatening to ban Apple devices from his companies, Tesla and SpaceX.  He envisions a scenario where visitors would have to surrender their Apple devices at the door and store them in a Faraday cage, a device that blocks electromagnetic signals.

Apple, on the other hand, is assuring users that privacy is a top priority.  They claim that user data won’t be tracked when using ChatGPT through Siri, and OpenAI won’t store user requests or track IP addresses.

Despite Apple’s assurances, Musk remains unconvinced.  He questions Apple’s ability to develop its own AI technology and suggests they lack control over user data once it’s handed over to OpenAI.

This clash highlights the growing competition in the field of artificial intelligence.  Musk’s strong reaction suggests a potential rivalry brewing between these tech giants as they strive for dominance in the AI landscape.