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Anthropic, a Google-backed startup co-founded by ex-OpenAI employees, launched a chatbot called Claude that competes directly with offerings from Microsoft Corp-backed OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT.
The company, run by a former OpenAI researcher, Dario Amodei, said that it wants to be more ethical than ChatGPT, producing less harmful outputs.
Anthropic explained it gave Claude a set of principles at the time the model is “trained” with vast amounts of text data. Rather than trying to avoid potentially dangerous topics, Claude is designed to explain its objections based on its principles.
The pricing of Claude has not been detailed yet, although two versions are available via an API, Claude and a faster Claude Instant.
Like ChatGPT, Claude can be instructed to perform a range of tasks, such as answering questions, writing, summarizing, translating, explaining complex concepts, searching across documents, editing legal contracts, and coding.
Anthropic has been quietly testing Claude with launch partners, including Robin AI, AssemblyAI, Notion AI, Quora, and DuckDuckGo.
Both Quora’s Poe chatbot and DuckDockGo use a combination of GPT-4 and Claude+, currently the two most advanced language models in the market.
Experts said that Claude is reportedly worse at math and a poorer programmer than ChatGPT, and it equally hallucinates.
Recently, Google pledged $300 million in Anthropic for a 10% stake in the startup. Under the terms of the deal, Anthropic agreed to make Google Cloud its “preferred cloud provider.”
Large language models are algorithms that are taught to generate text by feeding them human-written training text. In recent years, researchers have obtained much more human-like results with such models by drastically increasing the amount of data fed to them and the amount of computing power used to train them.