Elon Musk threatens Apple device ban over OpenAI integration

Elon Musk

11th June 2024 – (New York) Elon Musk warns of a potential ban on Apple devices within his companies if OpenAI’s artificial intelligence software becomes integrated into Apple’s operating system, citing security breaches. Musk questions Apple’s ability to safeguard user privacy.

Renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk has issued a stern warning, stating that he will prohibit the use of Apple devices within his companies if Apple integrates OpenAI’s artificial intelligence software at the operating system level. Musk views this integration as a significant security violation. His comments follow Apple’s highly anticipated announcement of a partnership with OpenAI, the company behind the groundbreaking generative AI tool ChatGPT.

Apple revealed that ChatGPT will be incorporated into Siri and will be available free of charge in iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia, the upcoming version of the desktop operating system, later this year. However, Musk, who owns the social media platform X, expressed concerns about the potential privacy implications of Apple’s collaboration with OpenAI.

The visionary entrepreneur, also serving as CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, asserted that visitors to his companies will be required to surrender their Apple devices upon entry, storing them in Faraday cages to ensure data security.

Apple unveiled its own generative AI, Apple Intelligence, during the conference, emphasizing its commitment to user privacy and the development of personal intelligence. Nevertheless, Musk questioned Apple’s ability to oversee OpenAI’s handling of user data, accusing the tech giant of betraying its customers.

Musk’s contentious relationship with OpenAI, which he co-founded in 2015, has been well-documented. Earlier this year, he filed a lawsuit against the company and its CEO, Sam Altman, alleging a deviation from its initial non-profit mission and dubbing the company “a lie.”

OpenAI, backed by Microsoft with a substantial investment of approximately $13 billion, dismissed Musk’s criticisms, suggesting his discontent stemmed from not being a part of the company’s success. In response, Musk established his own AI startup, xAI, to compete with OpenAI, releasing the Grok-1 generative AI platform and subsequently upgrading it to Grok-1.5.

Grok, touted as a “conversational AI for understanding the universe,” aligns with Musk’s vision of comprehending reality and the true nature of the universe. Musk remains steadfast in his opposition to OpenAI and has pledged to make Grok open source as part of his ongoing campaign against the company.