Amazon and Anthropic have announced a collaboration that will bring together their respective technology and expertise in safer generative artificial intelligence (AI). The move will accelerate the development of Anthropic’s future foundation models and make them accessible to Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers. As part of the collaboration:
- Anthropic will use AWS Trainium and Inferentia chips to build, train and deploy its future foundation models, benefitting from the price, performance, scale, and security of AWS. The two companies will also partner in the development of future Trainium and Inferentia technology.
- AWS will become Anthropic’s primary cloud provider for mission-critical workloads, including safety research and future foundation model development. Anthropic plans to run the majority of its workloads on AWS.
- Anthropic makes a long-term commitment to provide AWS customers around the world with access to future generations of its foundation models via Amazon Bedrock, AWS’s fully managed service that provides secure access to the industry’s top foundation models. In addition, Anthropic will provide AWS customers with early access to features for model customisation and fine-tuning capabilities.
- Amazon will invest up to US $4 billion in Anthropic and have a minority ownership position in the company.
- Amazon developers and engineers will be able to build with Anthropic models via Amazon Bedrock so they can incorporate generative AI capabilities into their work, enhance existing applications and create net-new customer experiences across Amazon’s businesses.
“Customers are quite excited about Amazon Bedrock, AWS’s new managed service that enables companies to use various foundation models to build generative AI applications on top of, 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,” said Andy Jassy, Amazon CEO.
Customers report that Anthropic’s foundation model, Claude, is much less likely to produce harmful outputs, easier to converse with, and more steerable compared to other foundation models, so developers can get their desired output with less effort. Anthropic’s ‘state-of-the-art’ model, Claude 2, scores above the 90th percentile on the GRE reading and writing exams and similarly on quantitative reasoning.
“Since announcing our support of Amazon Bedrock in April, Claude has seen significant organic adoption from AWS customers. By significantly expanding our partnership, we can unlock new possibilities for organizations of all sizes, as they deploy Anthropic’s safe, state-of-the-art AI systems together with AWS’s leading cloud technology,” said Dario Amodei, co-founder and CEO of Anthropic.
The news is the latest AWS generative AI announcement as the company continues to expand its offering at all three layers of the generative AI stack. At the bottom layer, AWS continues to offer compute instances from NVIDIA as well as AWS’s own custom silicon chips, AWS Trainium for AI training and AWS Inferentia for AI inference.
At the middle layer, AWS is focused on providing customers with the broadest selection of foundation models from multiple leading providers where customers can then customise those models, keep their own data private and secure and integrate with the rest of their AWS workloads. Customers will have early access to features for customising Anthropic models, using their own proprietary data to create their own private models, and will be able to utilise fine-tuning capabilities via a self-service feature within Amazon Bedrock.
At the top layer, AWS offers generative AI applications and services for customers like Amazon CodeWhisperer, an AI-powered coding companion, which recommends code snippets directly in the code editor, accelerating developer productivity as they code.
AWS and Anthropic are committing resources that are helping customers get started with Claude and Claude 2 on Amazon Bedrock, including through the AWS Generative AI Innovation Center, where teams of AI experts will help customers of all sizes to develop new generative AI-powered applications to improve their organisations.
Amazon and Anthropic are each engaged across a number of organisations to promote the responsible development and deployment of AI technologies, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) AI working groups, the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), the Partnership on AI, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Responsible AI Institute. In July, both Amazon and Anthropic joined U.S President Joe Biden and other industry leaders at the White House to show their support for a set of voluntary commitments to foster the safe, secure, responsible and effective development of AI technology.
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