Musk Threatens Ban

( – In what could turn into the biggest fight between tech giants, Elon Musk firmly declared he would ban Apple devices at his companies in response to Apple’s decision to integrate OpenAI’s technology into iPhones.

Apple announced that it would integrate OpenAI’s technology into its iPhones. When users speak to Siri, it will be able to pass some queries to ChatGPT, OpenAI’s large language model.

Musk alleged that such an update would be an “unacceptable security violation”.

“If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, then Apple devices will be banned at my companies. That is an unacceptable security violation,” he wrote on X.

“And visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” he added.

The mogul’s proposed ban would likely impact SpaceX, Tesla, and X.

Moreover, Apple had earlier announced that the feature would roll out later this year, which emphasizes privacy protections. OpenAI assured that requests would not be stored and that users’ IP addresses would be obscured.

While this integration would enable Siri to hand off queries to ChatGPT, as well as send questions, documents, and photos for assistance, it would also be available in a new Apple system called “Writing Tools” for generating content or rewriting documents.

Likewise, Apple’s plan includes integrating OpenAI’s image generation technologies to create illustrations for documents, forming part of a suite called “Apple Intelligence,” which combines Apple’s own technologies with those from OpenAI.

OpenAI Chief Executive Sam Altman attended Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, where the new features were released, though he did not appear during the presentation.

In turn, Musk and OpenAI have a complex history. He founded the company but became increasingly critical of it over time, citing deviations from its founding principles.

He also had public disputes with Apple, which included criticizing its profit motives and meeting with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook in 2022 following public sparring over iPhone payment cuts.

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