Elon Musk Warns to Ban Apple Devices over OpenAI Partnership

 Elon Musk Warns to Ban Apple Devices over OpenAI Partnership

Security Violation Claimed, Faraday Cage Storage Threatened

Billionaire Elon Musk has declared that he will ban Apple devices at his companies if Apple integrates OpenAI at the operating system level, citing an “unacceptable security violation”.

Musk’s Statement

Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and owner of social media company X, made the statement on X, saying: “That is an unacceptable security violation. And visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage.”

Apple’s Announcement

Earlier, Apple announced a range of AI features across its apps and operating platforms, including a partnership with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT technology to its devices. Apple emphasized that it had built AI with privacy “at the core” and would use a combination of on-device processing and cloud computing to power these features.

Musk’s Criticism

Musk criticized Apple’s move, saying it was “patently absurd” that Apple couldn’t develop its own AI and instead relied on OpenAI. He questioned how Apple could ensure OpenAI would protect user security and privacy.

Expert’s View

Ben Bajarin, CEO of consulting firm Creative Strategies, deemed it unlikely that anyone would follow Musk’s lead. He believes Apple is trying to educate users that private cloud storage is as secure as keeping data on a device. “Apple is trying to add to the narrative that when data leaves and goes to the secure private cloud, it’s similarly taking that same user data anonymization and firewalling of that information to you. Apple really never sees that,” he said.

Musk’s History with OpenAI

Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but sued the company and its CEO Sam Altman in March, alleging they abandoned the startup’s original mission to develop AI for humanity’s benefit, not profit. He has also founded xAI, a startup valued at $24 billion, to challenge OpenAI and build an alternative to ChatGPT.

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