Elon Musk Gives Microsoft's New AI Feature a Thumbs Down, Compares It to 'Black Mirror' Amid Spying Concerns

By Jace Dela Cruz

May 21, 2024 04:38 AM EDT

Elon Musk has compared the functionality of a new feature of Microsoft Windows PCs to an episode of "Black Mirror," the Netflix dystopian science-fiction series focusing on the dark and twisted side of technology. 

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Elon Musk on Microsoft's New Photographic Feature 'Recall'

Elon Musk's reaction came after the introduction of a photographic memory feature called "Recall," which was designed to give Windows PCs a photographic memory.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the new AI-powered feature on Monday. He said the photographic memory feature would remember and understand "everything you do on your computer by taking constant screenshots" of all activities.

With this new technology that records past activities locally on the PC, the company aims to outperform competitors like Apple's Mac in the coming months. 

In its blog, Microsoft said the "Recall" will be added to PCs along with Copilot, another AI-powered tool launched in 2023 to replace Microsoft's voice-assistant Cortana.

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Elon Musk on Microsoft's New AI Tool: 'This is a Black Mirror Episode'

On Tuesday, Elon Musk responded to Satya Nadella's video about this new feature posted on X and expressed his concern by likening it to a "Black Mirror episode." He also said he would "definitely turning this 'feature' off." 

Other X users also criticized Microsoft's new AI tool, claiming it promotes spying. One user said: "Yeah, no thanks. Don't need to pay Microsoft a monthly fee to spy on me."

Another user noted: "This is a huge invasion of privacy."

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