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Apple Integrates ChatGPT into MacBooks and iPhones, Prompting Security Concerns from Musk

During their development conference on Monday, Apple announced their integration of ChatGPT into the operating systems of MacBooks and iPhones, enabling users to utilize the AI chatbot’s capabilities seamlessly, “without needing to jump between tools,” as per the official announcement.

However, Elon Musk criticized this move, deeming it an “unacceptable security violation.” He expressed disbelief that Apple, a tech giant, would rely on OpenAI’s ChatGPT instead of developing their own AI while entrusting security and privacy to a third party.

Musk further stated that visitors to X headquarters in San Francisco would be required to check their Apple devices at the door, where they would be stored in a Faraday cage, a container that blocks signals.

According to Apple’s announcement, ChatGPT will be integrated into Siri and a new update called Writing Tools, where AI will assist users in finding the right words in their writing endeavors. Siri requests, along with associated documents and photos, can also be forwarded to ChatGPT for assistance.

OpenAI assured users that any requests made through Apple’s Siri and Writing Tools to ChatGPT are not stored, and IP addresses will be obscured to protect privacy.

Apple emphasized that privacy is a core feature of their products, stating that it is integrated into their design to safeguard users’ information without collecting it.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating that it aligns with OpenAI’s mission to make advanced AI accessible to everyone.

Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of OpenAI, has become a vocal critic of the company in recent years, even launching a lawsuit earlier this year alleging that OpenAI deviated from its founding mission of developing AI for the benefit of humanity.

In May, Musk raised $6 billion for his AI competitor, xAI, with its main product, Grok, designed to provide comprehensive answers akin to the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

The ChatGPT and Apple partnership is expected to roll out later this year through free software updates for users of the latest iPhone, iPad, and Mac products.

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