Amazon and Anthropic have announced a strategic collaboration, deepening their commitment to advancing the field of generative artificial intelligence (AI).

The partnership aims to accelerate the development of Anthropic’s future foundation models and make them widely accessible to AWS customers.

Anthropic Chooses AWS for Future Foundation Models

Anthropic has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its primary cloud provider. The company will train and deploy its future foundation models on AWS’s Trainium and Inferentia chips. These chips are known for their high-performance and cost-effective machine learning capabilities. This collaboration will leverage AWS’s scale, security, and performance benefits.

Furthermore, AWS will become the primary cloud provider for Anthropic’s mission-critical workloads, including safety research and future foundation model development. Anthropic plans to run the majority of its workloads on AWS, tapping into the advanced technology of the world’s leading cloud provider.

Enhanced Access and Features for AWS Customers

Anthropic is making a long-term commitment to provide AWS customers worldwide with access to its future foundation models via Amazon Bedrock. This fully managed service by AWS offers secure access to top foundation models in the industry. Additionally, AWS customers will receive early access to unique features for model customisation, fine-tuning capabilities, and the use of proprietary data.

Amazon’s investment in Anthropic will reach up to $4 billion, resulting in a minority ownership position in the company. This collaboration will enable Amazon developers and engineers to incorporate generative AI capabilities into their work, enhancing existing applications and creating new customer experiences across Amazon’s businesses.

Leadership Insights

Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO, expressed his respect for Anthropic’s team and foundation models. He believes that the collaboration will enhance customer experiences through Amazon Bedrock and AWS Trainium. Dario Amodei, co-founder and CEO of Anthropic, shared his excitement about using AWS’s Trainium chips for developing future foundation models. He emphasised the potential of this expanded partnership in unlocking new possibilities for organisations of all sizes.

Since becoming an AWS customer in 2021, Anthropic has quickly established itself as a leading foundation model provider. The company is a strong advocate for the responsible deployment of generative AI. Their foundation model, Claude, is renowned for its versatility, reliability, and predictability. Claude 2, Anthropic’s state-of-the-art model, has achieved impressive scores in academic assessments, showcasing its capabilities.

Expanding AWS’s Generative AI Offerings

This collaboration is the latest in AWS’s series of generative AI announcements. AWS continues to offer a range of compute instances, including NVIDIA and its custom silicon chips. With the introduction of Amazon Bedrock, AWS aims to provide customers with a broad selection of foundation models. This service will now offer early access to features for customising Anthropic models, allowing customers to create their private models.

As part of this collaboration, AWS and Anthropic are dedicating significant resources to help customers utilise Claude and Claude 2 on Amazon Bedrock. The AWS Generative AI Innovation Center will assist customers in developing new generative AI-powered applications.

Real-world Applications of Anthropic’s Models

Several enterprises are already leveraging this advanced technology. Lonely Planet, Bridgewater Associates, and LexisNexis Legal & Professional are among the companies benefiting from Anthropic’s models via Amazon Bedrock. These companies are developing generative AI-powered applications that automate tasks, produce market forecasts, enable drug discovery, and personalise education programs.

Both Amazon and Anthropic are actively engaged in promoting the responsible development and deployment of AI technologies. They are part of several organisations dedicated to this cause. In July, both companies joined other industry leaders at the White House to support the responsible development of AI technology.

In conclusion, this collaboration between Amazon and Anthropic signifies a significant step forward in the AI industry, promising advancements and innovations that will benefit businesses and consumers alike.

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