Elon Musk threatens to ban the use of Apple devices in his companies

Elon Musk has a controversial relationship with AI Technology – He helped found OpenAI alongside Sam Altman before their famous argument and signed an open letter asking for a “pause” in the development of artificial intelligence. Then, in November 2023, Musk launched a chatbot through his company x.AI called Grok, available to premium X users.

But after Apple revealed at Monday’s 2024 Global Developer Conference that OpenAI and its software will be integrated into new Apple products, Musk is threatening to ban Apple products across all his companies.

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In response to the presentation, Musk posted a series of thoughts on his X social media platform, noting that Tesla and X employees will be required to place their devices in a “cage” upon entering the office if they use Apple for any personal purposes. devices.

“It is patently absurd that Apple is not smart enough to create its own AI, yet is somehow able to ensure that OpenAI will protect your security and privacy,” Musk wrote in one post. “Apple has no idea what’s actually going on when it gives your data to OpenAI. They sell you out over time.”

Musk then re-posted a clip from an interview he gave to Walter Isaacson Vanity fair in 2014, where he warned of the “growth and dangers” of artificial intelligence, before teaming up with Altman to launch what would become open AI.

“I don’t think most people understand how quickly machine intelligence is developing,” the billionaire warned. “If there is some digital superintelligence and its optimization or utility function is harmful to humanity, then it would have a very bad impact.”

In March, Musk infamously sued Altman and OpenAI, claiming that the company was no longer working on its founding principles to work for the greater “benefit of humanity” and had instead focused on a for-profit mindset.

The lawsuit claims that OpenAI did this through a deal with Microsoft and the release of Chat GPT-4.

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“Under new management, (OpenAI) is not only developing but actually improving AGI (artificial general intelligence) to maximize profits for Microsoft rather than for the benefit of humanity,” the lawsuit said.

In response, OpenAI published an open letter sharply criticizing the “frivolous” lawsuit.

“Musk’s claims are based on complex – and often inconsistent – factual evidence,” the company said at the time. “Musk claims his founding agreement has been ‘memorialized,’ but the letter conspicuously lacks any actual agreement.”