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Apple, AI, and ChatGPT

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Apple announced AI updates at WWDC 2024, integrating ChatGPT into Siri through a partnership with OpenAI, enhancing user experiences across iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple AI Announcements at WWDC 2024

Apple announced major AI updates at its WWDC 2024, introducing a new feature dubbed Apple Intelligence. This integrated AI leverages generative AI to enhance user experiences across Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The feature includes a partnership with OpenAI to integrate ChatGPT capabilities into Siri.

iOS 18, set to include Apple Intelligence, will initially have a waitlist for users. The AI overhaul also brings significant improvements to Siri, promising better interaction and response accuracy. Apple's push into AI emphasizes privacy and safety while providing highly personalized experiences.

Tim Cook described these AI advancements as "the next big step for Apple." Additionally, iOS 18 will introduce new Mail app features, including enhanced categorization and AI-powered writing tools, alongside further customization options and a redesigned Photos app.

Elon Musk vs Apple/OpenAI

Elon Musk has strongly criticized the integration of ChatGPT with Apple devices, dubbing it "creepy spyware." He has even threatened to ban Apple devices from his companies over the new feature in iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia. The integration allows Siri to leverage ChatGPT for handling complex queries, a move seen as a significant gain for Sam Altman and OpenAI.

Musk dropped lawsuits against OpenAI and cofounder Sam Altman, which claimed they had abandoned their founding mission. Legal experts doubted the strength of Musk's claims, especially in light of Altman's major win with Apple's decision. Despite the legal retreat, Musk remains vocally opposed to the integration, vowing stringent security measures against Apple devices at his companies.

Concerns Over AI Training and Data Privacy

Concerns are growing over the use of personal photos in AI training, with advocates warning that children are easily traceable from these images. In particular, photos from kids’ entire childhoods are being used without consent.

Conversely, Apple has reassured users that it does not use personal data to train its new AI models. This contrasts with other companies that lack clear AI policies and could inadvertently expose confidential information if employees upload sensitive data.

Reports have emerged of Brazilian children’s photos being used illegally, highlighting the need for stricter regulations and better consent mechanisms in AI data collection.

Integration of ChatGPT with Other Platforms

Apple on Monday announced a partnership with OpenAI that will allow Siri to access ChatGPT directly in iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia. This move is part of Apple’s strategy to enhance its AI-driven Apple Intelligence feature set.

During the WWDC keynote, Apple revealed plans to integrate ChatGPT natively within Siri and other first-party apps on iOS 18. Craig Federighi later confirmed that the company aims to incorporate other AI models, like Google Gemini, into its ecosystem.

Selected articles of the day

Scientists used AI to figure out elephants have names for themselves

Researchers used AI to determine that wild African elephants likely have names for each other, suggesting a capacity for abstract thought.

Read on Business Insider

Children’s photos are being ‘illegally used to train AI’

Personal photos of Brazilian children are being used without their knowledge or consent to develop sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) tools,… Continue reading Children’s photos are being ‘illegally used to train AI’ The post Children’s photos are bein…

Read on ReadWrite

Astrocade raises $12M for AI-based social gaming platform

Astrocade AI announced a $12 million seed funding round for its AI-based social gaming platform for casual games.

Read on VentureBeat

Exclusive: Camb takes on ElevenLabs with open voice cloning AI model Mars5 offering higher realism, support for 140 languages

It not only emulates the original voice but also its complex prosodic parameters, including rhythm, emotion and intonation in 140 languages.

Read on VentureBeat

EU launches AI-powered ‘digital twin’ of the Earth

The European Commission today launched the first version of Destination Earth (DestinE), an AI-powered simulator that looks to improve the accuracy of climate predictions.  The first version of DestinE includes two models: one for extreme weather events and a…

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