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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has threatened to ban Apple devices from his companies after the iPhone maker announced a partnership with OpenAI. In a series of posts on his social media platform X, Musk expressed concerns about whether Apple and OpenAI will protect users’ information.

Musk called the software integration between the two companies “an unacceptable security violation” and claimed that Apple has “no clue what’s actually going on.” He specifically stated that Apple devices would be banned if the company “integrates OpenAI at the OS level,” referring to Apple’s operating system.

Apple announced its long-awaited push into artificial intelligence on Monday, which included an update to its voice assistant Siri. As part of the update, Siri can tap into OpenAI’s popular ChatGPT chatbot. Apple said users will be asked for permission to share their questions with ChatGPT, and their requests and information will not be logged.

Musk, however, was not convinced by Apple’s assurances. He wrote, “It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to make their own AI, yet is somehow capable of ensuring that OpenAI will protect your security & privacy!” He also directly addressed Apple CEO Tim Cook, claiming he will ban Apple devices from his companies’ premises unless Cook decides to “stop this creepy spyware.”

Tesla, Musk’s largest company, employed 140,473 people worldwide as of Dec. 31. The company has implemented layoffs this year exceeding 10% of its headcount.

Musk co-founded OpenAI in 2015 and stepped down from its board in 2018. He has been a vocal critic of the company and its CEO, Sam Altman, of late. In March, Musk sued OpenAI and Altman, among others, alleging they abandoned the company’s founding mission to develop AI “for the benefit of humanity broadly.”

Musk has also raised $6 billion in a recent funding round for his would-be OpenAI competitor, xAI, whose first product, Grok, is meant to serve as a politically incorrect answer to ChatGPT. In addition to Tesla, SpaceX, and xAI, Musk is the founder of brain interface startup Neuralink and tunneling venture Boring Company.

The ongoing tension between Musk and OpenAI, as well as his concerns about the partnership between Apple and OpenAI, highlight the complex and evolving landscape of the artificial intelligence industry. As the technology continues to advance, the debate around privacy, security, and the role of tech giants in shaping the future of AI is likely to intensify.

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