Elon Musk warns his companies will ban Apple devices after OpenAI deal: ‘unacceptable security breach’

Billionaire Elon Musk said Monday that he would ban Apple devices from his companies if the iPhone maker integrates OpenAI at the operating system level.

“This is an unacceptable security breach,” Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla and rocket maker SpaceX and owner of social media company X, said in a statement. Post on X.

“Visitors must check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” he said.

Elon Musk said he would ban Apple devices from his companies if the iPhone maker integrates OpenAI at the operating system level. Reuters
“Visitors must check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” he said. AFP via Getty Images

Apple and OpenAI did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Earlier in the day, Apple announced AI features across its apps and platforms and a partnership with OpenAI to bring ChatGPT technology to its devices.

Apple said it has built AI with privacy “at the core” and will use a combination of on-device processing and cloud computing to power those features.

Apple said it has built AI with privacy “at the core” and will use a combination of on-device processing and cloud computing to power those features. Apple CEO Tim Cook, above, on Monday. Good pictures

“It’s ridiculous that Apple isn’t smart enough to create their own AI, yet OpenAI is capable of ensuring your security and privacy are protected!” Musk said at X.

In early March, Musk sued OpenAI, which he co-founded in 2015, and its CEO, Sam Altman, saying they abandoned the startup’s mission to build AI for the benefit of humanity, not profit.

OpenAI’s Sam Altman at an Apple event on Monday. Musk sued his co-founder OpenAI in 2015, claiming they had abandoned their initial mission to develop AI for the benefit of humanity, not profit. AP

Musk has also founded his own startup, xAI, in an attempt to challenge OpenAI and build an alternative to the viral chatbot ChatGPT.

xAI was valued at $24 billion in its last funding round, where it raised $6 billion in Series B funding.

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