The company has invested US$500m upfront into the OpenAI rival and agreed to add a further US$1.5bn more over time, the Wall Street Journal first reported. Google invested US$300m in Anthropic in April, taking a 10% stake.
Anthropic is the developer of Claude, a rival chatbot to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Founded by Dario Amodei, OpenAI’s former VP of Research, and his sister, Daniela Amodei, who was OpenAI’s VP of Safety and Policy in 2021, the company has received funding from Salesforce and Zoom and was valued earlier this year at US$4.1bn.
Claude 2, the company’s latest model, has improved performance, longer responses, and can be accessed via API as well as a new public-facing beta website, claude.ai. It is capable of tasks from sophisticated dialogue and creative content generation to detailed instruction.
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