Apple has recently restricted the usage of external artificial intelligence technologies, such as ChatGPT, among its employees in order to focus on creating its own AI technology.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has moved quickly to limit its workers' usage of ChatGPT and other external artificial intelligence applications, indicating the tech giant's concerns about the privacy framework of AI products. The decision comes as Apple speeds up its attempts to develop exclusive AI technologies.
The tech giant's decision to restrict the use of third-party AI products derives from concerns about data security. According to an internal memo, Apple is afraid that employees who use these tools would leak secret information. The limitation also applies to GitHub's Copilot, a Microsoft-owned service that automates the creation of software code.
The tech giant has a long history of implementing stringent security measures. The company is well-known for its commitment to safeguarding knowledge about new items. This most recent measure is thought to continue Apple's tradition of emphasizing security.
Apple's AI activities are led by John Giannandrea, senior vice president of AI and machine learning. Giannandrea, who joined Apple from Google in 2018, was instrumental in the company's acquisition of many AI businesses. Under his leadership, it is believed that Apple is building large language models comparable to ChatGPT.
On a recent earnings call, the company's CEO Tim Cook expressed cautious optimism about AI developments. “I do think it’s very important to be deliberate and thoughtful in how you approach these things,” Cook said. “And there’s a number of issues that need to be sorted as is being talked about in a number of different places, but the potential is certainly very interesting.”
Apple isn't the only corporation that is hesitant to use AI tools. Some major corporations, such as JPMorgan Bank and Verizon, have restricted the use of ChatGPT because to concerns about data privacy. Furthermore, the tech company has kept a close eye on the AI-powered applications available on its App Store, ensuring they conform to the company's rigorous content and security requirements.