Amazon has announced a strategic investment of up to $4 billion in startup Anthropic.
Today, we’re announcing that @Amazon will invest up to $4 billion in Anthropic. The agreement is part of a broader collaboration to develop reliable and high-performing foundation models. pic.twitter.com/lPJ03oqr6C
— Anthropic (@AnthropicAI) September 25, 2023
The investment will give Amazon a minority stake in the startup.
“AWS will become Anthropic’s primary cloud provider for mission-critical workloads, giving our team access to leading compute infrastructure in the form of AWS Trainium and Inferentia chips, which will be used to complement our existing model training and deployment solutions,” the statement said.
Anthropic was founded by former OpenAI employees Daniela Amodei and Dario Amodei in 2021. They were among those who left the company due to internal disagreements, including issues of cooperation with Microsoft.
In February, the media learned of Google’s $300 million investment in Anthropic. Later, the team presented the chatbot Claude, which should compete with ChatGPT.
In May, the startup raised $450 million from Spark Capital, Google, Salesforce Ventures, Zoom Ventures and others. The funds were planned to be used to create “useful, harmless and honest artificial intelligence systems.” These include Claude, which performs a wide range of text processing tasks.
That same month, the startup unveiled “constitutions” for the responsible creation of AI algorithms.
Recall that in September, defense-focused AI developer Helsing closed a Series B funding round of €209 million.
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