Amazon made a significant contribution to the world of AI, possibly worth up to $4 billion, in Anthropic AI for its artificial intelligence models.
- AWS will become Anthropic’s primary cloud provider for critical AI workloads.
- The startup is committed to offering early access to its future-generation foundation models through Amazon Bedrock to AWS customers worldwide.
On September 25th, Amazon entered the AI ring with its announcement of its investment of up to $4 billion in the AI startup Anthropic AI.
Founded in 2021, Anthropic AI is an AI research and development company founded by former members of OpenAI. Their goal is to develop safe and beneficial artificial general intelligence (AGI) models, with a company ethos of responsible AI usage.
Under this agreement, Amazon will initially invest $1.25 billion to secure a minority stake in Anthropic. The number, however, may increase to a total of $4 billion. The e-commerce giant aims to harness Anthropic’s cutting-edge AI capabilities and integrate them into various aspects of its business operations.
At the core of it all is Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s cloud computing platform. According to the press release, it will become the AI startup’s “primary” cloud provider for “mission-critical workloads”. The workload includes “AI safety research and the development of future foundation models.” So, AWS will provide access to its advanced computing infrastructure and state-of-the-art AI chips, including AWS Trainium and Inferentia chips.
On the other side of the aisle, Anthropic AI has committed to offering AWS customers worldwide early access to its future-generation foundation models through Amazon Bedrock. The fully managed service makes foundation models (FMs) from Amazon and leading AI companies available through an API.
Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy, enthusiastically stated, “We […] believe we can help improve many customer experiences, short and long-term, through our deeper collaboration. Customers are quite excited about Amazon Bedrock, […] as well as AWS Trainium, AWS’s AI training chip, and our collaboration with Anthropic should help customers get even more value from these two capabilities.”
Through this partnership, the AI startup seeks to responsibly scale its system and ensure the safe AI deployment.
You know, if Big Tech had a universal slogan, I believe it would be “if you can’t buy them, beat them.” This partnership is on parr with Big Tech’s tendency to buy whatever is trending. And if that doesn’t work, imitate it until it is in ruins. I mean, remember Meta Platforms and Snapchat? The former couldn’t buy the latter, so they replicated whatever made Snapchat unique for every platform, be it WhatsApp or Instagram.
And now, with the growing AI trends, everyone and their parent company wants a piece of the pie. Microsoft, for example, has invested billions in OpenAI, while Google and Oracle have made similar arrangements with AI startups.
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