OpenAI recently launched a new ChatGPT app for iPhone. The AI tool has quickly become a popular way to find answers to even the most complex questions. However, more and more companies are banning the use of ChatGPT in the workplace, and Apple is the latest company to join this trend.
Apple restricts employees’ use of ChatGPT
Apple has not publicly acknowledged banning the use of ChatGPT or other generative AI platforms at work. But a recent report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that the company is restricting employee access to these tools. Apple sent an internal memo to its staff with the message “No AI.”
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The tech giant is concerned that AI platforms like ChatGPT could collect confidential data from employees. After all, these platforms collect data from users to improve their language models. A recent bug also exposed the chat history of ChatGPT users to others. ChatGPT has since added a feature to let users disable their chat history and opt out of contributing to the AI model’s training.
However, there is no guarantee that the generated text won’t be misused. The same applies to other confidential information, as employees could use ChatGPT to compose emails. In addition to ChatGPT, Apple has also prohibited the use of GitHub’s Copilot at work, which enables developers to automate code writing. And interestingly enough, both platforms are owned by Microsoft.
The growing trend
Apple is not the only company that has banned ChatGPT and other AI platforms at work. In recent months, a growing number of companies have banned these platforms due to concerns about their potential risks. Here is the list of the companies that have banned ChatGPT at work:
- Bank of America
- Deutsche Bank
- Goldman Sachs
- JPMorgan Chase
- Northrup Grumman
It is likely that this trend of banning AI platforms will continue as companies become more aware of the potential risks.