Elon Musk threatens to ban Apple devices if OpenAI is integrated at the operating system level

Billionaire Elon Musk has announced that he will ban the use of Apple devices in his companies if the iPhone maker integrates OpenAI at the operating system level.

Musk, who runs Tesla (electric vehicles), SpaceX (rockets) and recently acquired social media platform X, went to X to express his concerns.

“This is an unacceptable security breach 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 its apps and operating systems. They also announced a partnership with OpenAI to bring the popular ChatGPT AI tool to its devices.

Apple said it has built privacy-first AI and will use a combination of on-device and cloud computing to power these features.

“It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to create its own AI, yet is somehow able to ensure that OpenAI will protect your security and privacy!” Musk said in X.

The CEO of consulting firm Creative Strategies, Ben Bajarin, said: “It’s unlikely anyone will follow Musk’s lead, adding that Apple is trying to educate people that a private cloud is as secure as storing data on a device.”

“What (Apple) is now trying to add to this narrative is that when (data) leaves and enters a secure private cloud, it similarly anonymizes user data and firewalls that information. “Apple really never sees it,” he said.

Elon Musk has taken legal action against OpenAI, the company he co-founded in 2015, and its CEO Sam Altman. The lawsuit alleged that OpenAI had strayed from its original goal of developing artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity, prioritizing profit instead.

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