Amazon has announced a significant investment of up to $4 billion in Anthropic, an artificial intelligence startup, as part of its strategic partnership. This move underscores the growing trend of major tech companies pouring substantial funds into AI technology to capitalize on its transformative potential.
The collaboration between Amazon and Anthropic aims to focus on the development of “foundation models,” which serve as the backbone for generative AI systems that have garnered global attention. Under this agreement, Anthropic will adopt Amazon as its primary cloud computing service provider and leverage Amazon’s custom chips for training and deploying its generative AI systems.
Anthropic, based in San Francisco, was established by former OpenAI staff, the creators of the ChatGPT AI chatbot known for its human-like responses. Anthropic has introduced its own ChatGPT rival called “Claude,” capable of advanced dialogue, creative content generation, complex reasoning, and detailed instruction.
Amazon’s investment in Anthropic reflects its efforts to catch up with competitors such as Microsoft, which made a $1 billion investment in OpenAI in 2019, followed by additional substantial investments earlier this year of about $10 billion.
Amazon is actively expanding its AI offerings, including enhancing its popular assistant, Alexa, to engage in more human-like conversations and providing AI-generated summaries of product reviews, all in response to the ongoing AI competition among tech giants.