Musk’s Ultimatum: Apple Devices Face Ban

Musk's Ultimatum: Apple Devices Face Ban
Musk’s Ultimatum: Apple Devices Face Ban Source: Forbes

Elon Musk has hinted that he may ban employees from using Apple products in his businesses after the company revealed that it would be incorporating OpenAI’s ChatGPT into its product offering, which may affect billions of iPhones, Macs, and iPads.

Following Apple’s AI disclosures on Monday, Musk tweeted, “Apple devices will be prohibited in my companies if Apple incorporates OpenAI at the operating system level.” “This represents an unacceptable security breach.” 

The CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, and Neuralink, indicated that guests will be subject to these rules as well. “Guests will need to leave their Apple devices at the entrance, where they will be kept in a Faraday cage,” he stated.

Musk is not the first leader to forbid AI tools from being used on company property. Ironically, Apple forbade its own staff members from utilizing ChatGPT, the same program it intends to use to improve Siri, its 13-year-old virtual assistant.

Musk also took aim at Apple’s choice to work with OpenAI rather than creating its own artificial intelligence in another tweet. “It’s ludicrous that Apple can’t develop its own AI but claims it can ensure OpenAI will safeguard your security and privacy,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

When Apple announced its collaboration with OpenAI, it made clear that Siri would ask for permission from the user before interacting with the AI model and that the integration would be safe and encrypted. Musk was not persuaded.

“Apple has no idea what’s happening once they transfer your data to OpenAI,” he wrote on Twitter. “They’re betraying you.”

The AI Debate: Musk vs. OpenAI

The rapid rise of ChatGPT has led to bans at numerous organizations. Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives barred staffers from using ChatGPT due to privacy issues. Similarly, Samsung prohibited the use of ChatGPT on its company systems.

Musk had previously not opposed the integration of AI into hardware and software by other tech giants, including Microsoft, Meta, and Google, which also introduced a smartphone with deep AI integration. His specific objection to ChatGPT, rather than AI in general, likely stems from a long-standing feud with OpenAI.

The billionaire has frequently criticized OpenAI, the organization he co-founded in 2015 with Sam Altman, Ilya Sutskever, Greg Brockman, Andrej Karpathy, and others. Musk has claimed credit for OpenAI’s creation, stating it wouldn’t exist without him.

“I played a crucial role in recruiting key scientists and engineers, most notably Ilya Sutskever,” Musk told CNBC. “Ilya’s involvement was pivotal for OpenAI’s success.”

In March, Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Sam Altman, accusing the organization of deviating from its humanitarian mission.

“This lawsuit is intended to compel OpenAI to adhere to its founding principles and return to its mission of developing AGI for the benefit of humanity,” Musk stated in the complaint, “not for the personal gain of the individual defendants and the world’s largest tech company.”

In response, OpenAI released internal emails suggesting Musk was also driven by profit motives.

“We need to propose a much higher number than $100M to avoid appearing insignificant compared to what Google or Facebook are investing,” Musk allegedly wrote. “I believe we should announce a $1B funding commitment. This is genuine. I will cover any shortfall.”

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