Google invests $300 million in Anthropic as race to compete with ChatGPT heats up

Are you ready to dive into the world of AI and machine learning? The Big Tech race to become the leader in the generative AI space is heating up! Google has just invested $300 million in one of the most buzzy OpenAI rivals, Anthropic, whose AI model Claude is considered competitive with ChatGPT. In this blog post, we’ll explore the details of this new investment and what it means for the future of AI.

Anthropic Founded by OpenAI Researchers
Anthropic was founded in 2021 by several researchers who left OpenAI, and gained more attention last April when, after less than a year in existence, it suddenly announced a whopping $580 million in funding. Most of that money, it turns out, came from Sam Bankman-Fried and the folks at FTX, the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency platform accused of fraud.

Google Will Have Access to Claude
Anthropic’s AI chatbot, Claude — currently available in closed beta through a Slack integration — is reportedly similar to ChatGPT and has even demonstrated improvements. Anthropic, which describes itself as “working to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems,” created Claude using a process called “Constitutional AI,” which it says is based on concepts such as beneficence, non-maleficence and autonomy.

According to an Anthropic paper detailing Constitutional AI, the process involves a supervised learning and a reinforcement learning phase: “As a result we are able to train a harmless but non-evasive AI assistant that engages with harmful queries by explaining its objections to them.” With Google’s investment, they will have access to this groundbreaking AI model.

The Future of Generative AI
With Google’s investment in Anthropic, the competition between Big Tech companies to become the leader in the generative AI space is only intensifying. It will be interesting to see how this investment impacts the development of AI technology and the future of generative AI.

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