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Amazon invests $4 billion in OpenAI rival Anthropic to fuel generative AI

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Amazon and Anthropic have unveiled an exciting and strategic partnership aimed at advancing the field of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and making it more accessible to AWS (Amazon Web Services) customers. In this significant move, Amazon is set to invest up to a substantial $4 billion in Anthropic, securing a minority ownership stake in the company.

Anthropic will harness the cutting-edge technology and resources offered by AWS, including Trainium and Inferentia chips, to develop, train, and deploy its forthcoming foundation models. Anthropic will also benefit from the price, performance, scalability, and security of AWS. Both companies will work hand in hand on the development of next-generation Trainium and Inferentia technologies, further enhancing their AI capabilities.

AWS will become the primary cloud provider for Anthropic’s mission-critical workloads, including safety research and the ongoing development of foundation models. This will enable Anthropic to leverage AWS’s advanced cloud infrastructure for its operations.

With this collaboration, Anthropic will provide AWS customers with access to future iterations of its foundation models through Amazon Bedrock. Anthropic will also grant AWS customers early access to exclusive features for model customization and fine-tuning.

This partnership will enable Amazon developers and engineers to harness Anthropic models via Amazon Bedrock. They will be able to incorporate generative AI capabilities into their projects, improve existing applications, and create innovative customer experiences across various facets of Amazon’s businesses.

With this expanded collaboration, AWS and Anthropic are dedicating substantial resources to support customers in their adoption of Claude and Claude 2 on Amazon Bedrock.

AWS continues to expand its offering at all three layers of the generative AI stack. At the foundational level, it offers a range of computing options, including NVIDIA instances and its own specialized silicon chips such as AWS Trainium for AI training and AWS Inferentia for AI inference.

Moving up to the middle layer, AWS prioritizes providing customers with an extensive array of foundation models from leading providers. These models can be tailored to specific needs, ensuring data privacy and seamless integration with existing AWS workloads through Amazon Bedrock. With this latest development, customers gain early access to features enabling them to customize Anthropic models.

At the highest layer, AWS offers a suite of generative AI applications and services, including Amazon CodeWhisperer. This powerful AI-powered coding companion enhances developer productivity by suggesting code snippets directly within the code editor.

The growing investment in AI startups

Amazon’s investment in Anthropic signifies its response to the AI advancements made by competitors like Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google.

Microsoft has invested substantial resources since 2019 in its partnership with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, offering its customers exclusive access to the startup’s language and image generation technologies. Google had also acquired a 10% stake in Anthropic after making a $300 million investment earlier this year.

Anthropic’s chatbots, Claude and Claude 2, share similarities with OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard as they possess the capability to perform tasks like text translation, code writing, and answering a range of questions. However, Anthropic asserts that its model prioritizes safety and reliability. It operates based on a set of guiding principles, enabling it to autonomously revise responses without the need for human moderators. Additionally, Claude exhibits proficiency in handling larger prompts, making it particularly adept at sifting through extensive business or legal documents.

These investments highlight the ongoing efforts of major cloud companies to align themselves with AI startups that are reshaping the landscape of the industry.

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