Apple bans ChatGPT from workplace
The company reportedly fears leaks from workers using AI.
Apple is apparently so freaked out by the possibility of leaks that it banned its employees from using external artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT for work.
That must be at least a little frustrating, since AI can quickly generate words, images and even code. And that (usually) smart and speedy output can boost productivity on all types of tasks. As just one example, Cult of Mac recently interviewed an indie developer who used ChatGPT to build an iPhone app from scratch.
Not to fear, though. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the story of Apple’s ChatGPT ban, said Cupertino is already hard at work cooking up internal generative AI tools for employees’ use.
Ironically, news of Apple’s ban came the same day that OpenAI’s official ChatGPT app for iPhone arrived. It quickly shot up the App Store charts. Tell us in today’s poll (below) if you’ve used ChatGPT yet.
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Tweetz o’ the day
Well, the official ChatGPT app for iOS is here. Rather disappointed to see that the design is so incredibly… soulless.
One of the coolest problems in design now is to make AI products humane, ethical and approachable. Removing all soul is not the right move, in my opinion.
— Sebastiaan de With (@sdw)
May 18, 2023
Preparing for a warm welcome.
— Apple TV (@AppleTV)
May 19, 2023
I’ve built 261 working 13” MacBook Airs in about 15 days! These came from mountains of incomplete and broken “junk” lots that are scrapped more often than not. Now on to the 11” Air piles! #RightToRepair#righttorefurbish
— John Bumstead (@RDKLInc)
May 18, 2023
One more thing ...
From the earliest days at Apple, I realized that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If people copied or stole our software, we’d be out of business. If it weren’t protected, there’d be no incentive for us to make new software or product designs. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started. But there’s a simpler reason: It’s wrong to steal. It hurts other people. And it hurts your own character.
Have you used ChatGPT?
Results from yesterday’s poll: Have you switched to iPhone from Android?
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