Anthropic Unveils Generative AI Chatbot Claude
Generative AI startup Anthropic has introduced a chatbot seemingly designed to compete with ChatGPT called Claude. The search and composition AI aims to stand out as a solution to the issues other large language model-based AI chatbots face, with fewer problematic responses and more control over the conversational direction.
Anthropic was founded by some of OpenAI’s former employees led by Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei in 2021, adding credence to the idea that it wants to be a direct rival to the ChatGPT and GPT-4 developer. The fact that Claude emerged the same day as GPT-4 may be a coincidence, but it is certainly notable. The Claude generative AI chatbot can handle much of the increasingly standard list of tasks for the technology. It can write articles, summarize and edit text, assist in coding software, and act as a search engine.
The AI model comes in two sizes. There’s the higher-performance version with all of the features included, simply called Claude, as well as a faster, smaller, and less expensive option called Claude Instant. Unlike OpenAI’s GPT-4, Claude is priced based on text characters, with customers paying $0.029 per thousand characters of input and $0.086 per thousand characters of output for the regular version of Claude and $0.0043 and $0.0145 per thousand characters of input and output, respectively for Claude Instant.
“Claude is capable of a wide variety of conversational and text processing tasks while maintaining a high degree of reliability and predictability,” the company explained in its announcement. “Early customers report that Claude is much less likely to produce harmful outputs, easier to converse with, and more steerable – so you can get your desired output with less effort. Claude can also take direction on personality, tone, and behavior.”
Anthropic has been plenty busy ahead of the official rollout of Claude, including raising a reported $300 million in a February funding round led by Google. Claude already powers several generative AI applications in whole or part. For instance, Anthropic and DuckDuckGo worked together to create the DuckAssist instant answer feature that summarizes Wikipedia articles and Quora’s Poe, a generative AI chatbot hub that offers both versions of Claude with supplementary data from Quora users. Connected workspace Notion also employs Claude for the Notion AI assistant publicly launched last month after a few months of testing.
“Anthropic and Notion share a common goal of helping individuals and enterprises leverage AI to increase productivity,” Notion COO Akshay Kothari said. “Claude’s uniquely creative writing and summarization abilities contribute to the development of our connected AI assistant, Notion AI. Notion users can now work more efficiently and improve their writing skills, all within the Notion workspace.”