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Elon Musk Threatens To Ban Apple Devices Over OpenAI Partnership

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Elon Musk has threatened to ban Apple devices from his companies following the tech giant's announcement of a partnership with OpenAI. 

In a series of X posts, Musk expressed concerns about the potential security risks and privacy issues arising from the collaboration between Apple and OpenAI.

Musk criticized the software integration as “an unacceptable security violation” and said Apple has “no clue what’s actually going on.”

Apple recently unveiled its artificial intelligence advancements.

They feature an update to its voice assistant Siri, which will now incorporate OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot. 

The company assured users they would be asked permission to share their questions with ChatGPT and that their requests and information would not be logged.

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Musk said: “It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to make their own AI, yet is somehow capable of ensuring that OpenAI will protect your security & privacy!” 

He further warned Apple devices would be banned if the company integrated OpenAI at the operating system level.

Musk called the move “an unacceptable security violation”

Apple said integrating with OpenAI is an optional feature and that the company is developing its own AI. 

Musk, however, directly addressed Apple CEO Tim Cook in his posts.

He demanded Cook stop what he called “creepy spyware” or face a ban on Apple devices in Musk’s companies. 

He added that visitors to his companies would need to check their Apple devices at the door.

Tesla, Musk’s largest company, employed 140,473 people worldwide as of December 31.

It has recently implemented layoffs exceeding 10 percent of its headcount this year. 

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Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 but left its board in 2018. 

Recently, he has been critical of the company and its CEO, Sam Altman. 

In March, Musk sued OpenAI, alleging it had strayed from its mission to develop AI for the benefit of humanity.

In a bid to rival OpenAI, Musk raised $6 billion for his new AI venture, xAI.

Its first product, Grok, aims to be a politically incorrect alternative to ChatGPT. 

Musk is the founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and xAI, as well as Neuralink, a brain interface startup, and the Boring Company, a tunneling venture.

Neither Musk nor OpenAI responded immediately to requests for comment.

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