Elon Musk to Ban Apple devices at his company

SpaceX and Tesla Chief Elon Musk stated that he would ban Apple devices in his company if the tech giant incorporates OpenAI into its operating systems. Musk also shared a well-known Indian meme to mock Apple amidst this controversy.

| Updated: 12 June, 2024 8:46 pm IST

NEW DELHI: SpaceX and Tesla Chief Elon Musk stated that he would ban Apple devices in his company if the tech giant incorporates OpenAI into its operating systems. Musk also shared a well-known Indian meme to mock Apple amidst this controversy.

During the Worldwide Developer Conference 2024, Apple unveiled its collaboration with OpenAI. The company announced plans to integrate ChatGPT into experiences across iOS, iPadOS, and macOS through its iOS 18 software. This integration aims to provide users with seamless access to ChatGPT’s capabilities without the need to switch between tools.

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However, the CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla, rocket maker SpaceX, and owner of a social media company expressed opposition, stating, “That is an unacceptable security violation.”


Musk used his platform X (formerly Twitter) to share the meme. The image shows a man and a woman sharing coconut water, suggesting how Apple might share data with OpenAI, raising privacy concerns. The header of the image reads, “How intelligence works.” Interestingly, the meme is from the 2017 Tamil movie ‘Thappattam’.

“Elon is sharing India’s most popular meme,” said a user. “This is no different from Twitter, Facebook, or any of the existing operating systems on phones. They’ve been stealing our data,” wrote another person.

Apple stated to media sources that they are utilizing their own artificial intelligence and that the integration with OpenAI is an optional feature.

 

Additionally, OpenAI clarified on its website that privacy protections are implemented when accessing ChatGPT within Siri and Writing Tools. Requests are not stored by OpenAI, and users’ IP addresses are obscured. Users also have the option to link their ChatGPT account, ensuring that their data preferences align with ChatGPT’s policies.

In addition to banning Apple devices in his company he also outlined that visitors to his company offices would be required to surrender their Apple devices, which would then be stored in a Faraday cage.

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