Financial Times reports that Google has put $300 million into Anthropic, one of the most talked-about alternatives to OpenAI, since the company’s newly released generative AI model, Claude, is competitive with ChatGPT.
Google is said to be planning to purchase a 10 percent interest. The startup, headquartered in San Francisco, will be valued at around $5 billion when the fresh investment rounds close.
This development comes just over a week after Microsoft made a rumoured $10 billion investment in OpenAI, and it suggests an increasingly fierce battle among Big Tech firms in the field of generative AI.
OpenAI scientists conceptualised Anthropic.
Anthropic was created in 2021 by a group of scientists who had previously worked at OpenAI, and it attracted widespread media notice in April of last year when it disclosed a stunning $580 million in investment after only a year in business. Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX team, a defunct cryptocurrency exchange that stands accused of fraud, were the primary sources of that funding. It’s not quite clear whether a bankruptcy judge would allow you to get that money back. Both Anthropic and FTX have been associated with the Effective Altruism movement, which was recently criticised by former Google researcher and Wired contributor Timnit Gebru as a “hazardous brand of AI safety.”
The use of Claude will be made available to Google.
According to its developers, Claude, Anthropic’s AI chatbot (now in limited beta through a Slack interface), is comparable to ChatGPT and has even shown advancements. To construct Claude, Anthropic used a method it calls “Constitutional AI,” which it claims is founded on principles like beneficence, non-maleficence, and autonomy.
“As a consequence we are able to train a harmless yet non-evasive AI assistant that interacts with harmful questions by stating its objections to them,” states an Anthropic study outlining Constitutional AI.
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