Google invested $300 million in AI firm founded by former OpenAI researchers
Feb. 06, 2023.
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Anthropic, a startup founded by former OpenAI researchers, has received a $300 million investment from Google. Google now owns 10% of the company, which conducts research into AI language models and has developed its own chatbot, Claude, which could compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. The founders of Anthropic split from OpenAI due to disagreements about the company’s increasing commercial focus. Google and Anthropic’s collaboration is similar to Microsoft and OpenAI’s collaboration, in which OpenAI provides research expertise while Microsoft provides investment and access to its cloud platform. The deal is believed to be motivated by Google’s desire to expand its cloud computing business, but it is unclear whether the company will incorporate Claude into its services. Anthropic’s primary goal is to create “reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems.” Google will hold an event next week to discuss its AI future.