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Musk threatens to ban Apple products: “Its artificial intelligence is not of its own making.”

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Billionaire Elon Musk said that he would ban Apple products in his companies if the iPhone manufacturer integrates artificial intelligence technology from Open AI into its operating systems, according to what Reuters reported.

“This is an unacceptable security violation,” Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla, rocket maker SpaceX, and owner of social media company X, said in a post on X’s website.

Yesterday, Apple announced a large number of artificial intelligence features across its applications and operating platforms and a partnership with OpenAI to bring GPT chat technology to its devices.

The company said it built artificial intelligence with privacy “at the heart of its construction” and will use a combination of on-device data processing and cloud computing to power these features in a way that ensures customer privacy.

Musk expressed his rejection of this proposal from Apple sarcastically, saying, “It is clearly ridiculous that Apple is not smart enough to create its own artificial intelligence, but it is somehow able to ensure that your security and privacy are protected by Open AI.”

Musk said via X that Apple’s strategy, which says it will protect its customers’ data when transferred to Open AI, is similar to putting your data in a “Faraday” cage – which is a metal structure made of a conductive material, used to isolate what is inside it from electromagnetic influences and external electrical influences – to prevent tampering. With its contents, then place the cage and its contents in a different system, such as Open AI.

Ben Bajarin, CEO of consultancy Creative Strategies, said it was unlikely anyone would follow Musk’s example, adding that Apple was trying to educate people that the private cloud was as secure as keeping data on the device.

Bajarin said: “What Apple is trying to say now is that when the data leaves and moves to the secure private cloud, it takes into account all means of protecting that information.”

Musk filed a lawsuit against OpenAI, which he co-founded in 2015, and its CEO Sam Altman at the beginning of March, saying they had abandoned the startup’s original mission to develop artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity rather than for profit.

He also founded his startup xAI, in an attempt to challenge OpenAI and build an alternative to the popular chatbot ChatGPT.

XAI was valued at $24 billion in its latest funding round, raising $6 billion in Series B funding.