Amazon, the worldwide tech behemoth, has announced that it will invest up to $4 billion in Anthropic, an artificial intelligence (AI) firm that has developed Claude, a generative AI assistant. As part of this strategic partnership, Anthropic will train its models on top of Amazon silicon, and Anthropic will make its models available through Amazon Bedrock.
Amazon to Pour up to $4 Billion Into AI Model Company Anthropic
Amazon, one of the leading tech companies in the world, has announced a strategic partnership with artificial intelligence (AI) firm Anthropic that includes an investment of up to $4 billion in exchange for a minority stake in the company.
According to a press release issued by Amazon, Anthropic will now use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its primary cloud services provider. Anthropic will also use Amazon-produced silicon, including its Trainium and Inferentia chips, to “build, train, and deploy its future foundation models, benefitting from the price, performance, scale, and security of AWS.”
Anthropic has positioned as a rival for Openai since earlier this year when it debuted Claude, an AI assistant with capabilities that contend with Chatgpt, one of the most popular AI chatbots in the market. Recently, it announced Claude Pro, a paid subscription model directed to heavy users of Claude.
In May, the company took advantage of the AI buzz in the market, raising $450 million in a series C funding round led by Spark Capital with participation from Google, Salesforce Ventures, Sound Ventures, Zoom Ventures, and others, to grow its product offering and support businesses using Claude based solutions.
Anthropic, founded by former Openai employees, announced that organizations will be able to harness Claude by using Amazon Bedrock, a cloud service that allows customers to access AI models. Amazon AWS customers will use Claude to “incorporate generative AI capabilities into their work, enhance existing applications, and create net-new customer experiences across Amazon’s businesses.”
Amazon will ease the deployment of these models via Bedrock, letting customers worry about fine-tuning Claude’s capabilities for their specific needs.
Dario Amodei, co-founder and CEO of Anthropic, stated:
Since announcing our support of Amazon Bedrock in April, Claude has seen significant organic adoption from AWS customers. By significantly expanding our partnership, we can unlock new possibilities for organizations of all sizes, as they deploy Anthropic’s safe, state-of-the-art AI systems together with AWS’s leading cloud technology.
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