In a significant move, Amazon is pouring up to $4 billion into Anthropic, a formidable competitor to OpenAI. This strategic investment aims to bolster Amazon Web Services (AWS) by providing advanced deep learning and related services to its customers. In return, AWS is set to become Anthropic’s primary cloud provider, responsible for training and deploying its upcoming foundational AI models. Notably, this isn’t Anthropic’s first high-profile investment, as Google previously partnered with the company in a $400 million deal.
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Amazon’s initial investment of $1.25 billion secures a minority stake in Anthropic, with the option to increase the total investment to $4 billion. Anthropic already boasts support from prominent companies such as Salesforce, Zoom, Spark Capital, and others. The collaboration with Google did not require Anthropic to purchase cloud services from the tech giant.
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Anthropic recently introduced its consumer-facing chatbot, Claude 2, available through a subscription model, similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Claude 2 operates under the “Constitutional AI” system, guided by ten foundational principles of fairness and autonomy. It is designed to be more resistant to manipulation than other AI systems. Anthropic is also actively developing “Claude-Next,” a chatbot touted to be ten times more powerful than existing AI solutions.
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The startup positions itself as a champion of responsible AI deployment and has formed an AI safety consortium with tech heavyweights like Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI. Anthropic has been collaborating with AWS since 2021. According to Amazon, “Claude excels at a wide range of tasks, from sophisticated dialogue and creative content generation to complex reasoning and detailed instruction, while maintaining a high degree of reliability and predictability.”
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Rather than training their AI models from scratch, AWS customers will gain access to Anthropic’s AI models through Amazon’s specialized AI development service, Bedrock. This partnership propels Amazon Cloud into a prominent role within the AI field.
OpenAI, backed by Microsoft, currently leads in AI and chatbot technology with its immensely popular ChatGPT chatbot and DALL-E image generation service. The application of AI in business is experiencing rapid growth, although concerns over the legality and ethics of AI-generated content persist, as exemplified by the recent WGA writer’s strike.