Artificial Intelligence in Apple’s Products. Musk: “Unacceptable Security Threat”

The agreement between the Cupertino-based company and OpenAI was announced during the annual developer forum

Tim Cook

The app developer event, an annual event that Apple uses to present its innovations, showcased the integration of artificial intelligence into the next Apple products.

Also in the audience, listening to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s presentation, was OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. And the news was clear to everyone before the announcement: Apple’s next products will integrate ChatGPT.

“Apple Intelligence” will be integrated into the iPhone (iOS operating system), iPad (iPadOS), and personal computers (macOS), offering a range of intuitive and context-sensitive help functions (for example, if you’re at work or on vacation), writing enhancement systems, graphics and image editing tools, etc.

Elon Musk

However, a few hours later, an unexpected reaction from Elon Musk followed: “If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, Apple devices will be banned from my companies.” One more time: “This is an unacceptable breach of security. It’s absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to create its own AI, but somehow can guarantee that OpenAI will protect your security and privacy. Apple has no idea what will happen when the data ends up in OpenAI’s hands.”

Musk then also added that those who visit his companies will have to leave their iPhones in a Faraday cage (to avoid them turning into spy systems, as Musk implies). For some analysts, the South African-born billionaire’s story is more of a “jealousy scene,” given his well-known disagreements with OpenAI in the recent past, since he left the company in 2018, saying the spirit with which OpenAI was founded was not being honored. Several times later, he accused the Altman-led organization of pursuing only “profit” rather than development and “the good of humanity.”