Elon Musk Threatens to Ban Apple Devices Over OpenAI Integration

Elon Musk has taken a firm stand against Apple’s recent AI integration, criticizing the company’s reliance on OpenAI and threatening to ban Apple devices from his companies if they proceed. This comes after Apple’s 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which resulted in a 1.9% drop in Apple’s stock, its worst performance at a WWDC since 2010.

The WWDC was anticipated to showcase Apple’s advancements in artificial intelligence. However, it became clear that Apple’s “Apple Intelligence” feature is essentially OpenAI’s ChatGPT rebranded. Musk derided this move, stating it is “neither Apple nor intelligent,” and expressed concerns about the privacy implications of an “always on” AI system.

Musk’s reaction was sparked by OpenAI founder Andrej Karpathy’s remarks about the persistent AI layer in Apple’s OS. Musk pointed out the privacy risks, saying, “we can never turn it off,” highlighting that it could become a constant surveillance tool.

In a series of posts on X, Musk voiced his frustration, suggesting that he might develop his own phone if Apple integrates OpenAI into their OS. “If Apple actually integrates woke nanny AI spyware into their OS,” Musk tweeted, “either stop this creepy spyware or all Apple devices will be banned from the premises of my companies.”

Musk further warned, “If Apple integrates OpenAI at the OS level, then Apple devices will be banned at my companies. That is an unacceptable security violation.” He proposed that visitors would have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they would be stored in a Faraday cage to block any data transmission.

Musk criticized Apple’s lack of in-house AI development and questioned their ability to ensure user privacy. “Apple has no clue what’s actually going on once they hand your data over to OpenAI. They’re selling you down the river,” he said, emphasizing the risk of handing data to a third-party AI they do not fully understand.

This incident underscores the growing AI competition, where companies vie to become the leading provider of AI technologies. The potential for extensive data surveillance through these integrations raises significant privacy concerns.