Elon Musk is furious about the new agreement between OpenAI and Apple

Elon Musk is so opposed to Apple’s plan to integrate OpenAI’s ChatGPT with device operating systems that he is apparently spreading misconceptions while harshly criticizing the partnership.

On X (formerly Twitter), Musk has been criticizing alleged privacy and security risks since the plan was announced Monday at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

“If Apple integrates OpenAI at the operating system level, then Apple devices will be banned from my companies,” Musk posted on X. “That is an unacceptable security breach.” In another post responding to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Musk wrote: “I don’t want it. Either we stop this creepy spyware or all Apple devices will be banned from my companies’ facilities.”

Musk also posted a meme suggesting that Apple was planning to share user data with OpenAI. Another post of his temporarily received a fact-checking community notice after suggesting that Apple formed the partnership hastily and cluelessly without regard for user privacy and security.

“It is patently absurd that Apple is not smart enough to create its own AI and yet is somehow able to ensure that OpenAI protects your security and privacy!” He wrote musk. “Apple has no idea what really happens once they hand over your data to OpenAI. They’re selling you down the river.”

The community note, which has since been deleted, added some context, contradicting Musk by clarifying that Apple has developed its own AI models and will only use ChatGPT when users “choose to do so.” But while that note is now gone (although it lives on in screenshots), X users have continued to criticize Musk’s posts as misleading or have tried to clarify how the ChatGPT integration works.

Essentially, Musk alleged that OpenAI will have device-level access to Apple user data and that users will not be able to opt out, and the ChatGPT integration will behave like spyware by allowing OpenAI to collect and share data with third parties. without the user’s consent.

However, Musk’s characterization of the partnership does not match what Apple shared at the conference. A CTO at a private equity firm, Sam Pullara, posted on “

“That’s no different than using the ChatGPT app today,” Pullara wrote.

Pullara’s clarification did not seem to impress Musk much.

“Then leave it as an app,” Musk responded. “This is bullshit.”

According to joint statements from OpenAI and Apple, the ChatGPT integration allows “users to access the capabilities of ChatGPT, including understanding images and documents, without needing to switch tools.” This apparently works through API requests that Apple and OpenAI said are “not stored by OpenAI.” The integration is also available on an opt-in basis only, meaning users can choose to use ChatGPT if they wish. Even asking Siri a question will trigger a disclosure to the user “before any question is sent to ChatGPT,” the companies said.

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