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Google Bets Big on ChatGPT Rival Anthropic with $400 Million Investment

Google and Anthropic Partner Up, But Stay Silent on Investment Reports

5 February 2023

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Jayashri Ghorpade

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  • Google has invested $400 million in Anthropic AI, a rival to OpenAI's ChatGPT, according to a source reported by Bloomberg.

  • The latest alliance between a tech giant and an AI startup is in the growing field of generative AI, which can generate text and art quickly.

  • Reportedly, Google and Anthropic refrained from commenting on the investment.

  • Google's recent deal highlights their dedication to AI, with potential to expand beyond just their core search business.

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has reportedly invested $400 million in the artificial intelligence start-up Anthropic AI. The company is testing a rival to OpenAI's ChatGPT, according to a source.

Google and Anthropic declined to comment on the investment, but separately announced a partnership where Anthropic will use Google's cloud computing services. This marks the latest collaboration between a tech giant and an AI startup as the field of generative AI technology heats up, allowing for quick generation of text and art.


“AI has evolved from academic research to become one of the biggest drivers of technological change, creating new opportunities for growth and improved services across all industries," Thomas Kurian, Chief Executive Officer of Google Cloud, said in a statement.

Kurian added, “Google Cloud is providing open infrastructure for the next generation of AI startups, and our partnership with Anthropic is a great example of how we’re helping users and businesses tap into the power of reliable and responsible AI."

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Founded in 2021 by former leaders of OpenAI Inc., including siblings Daniela and Dario Amodei, Anthropic AI in January released a limited test of a new chatbot named Claude to rival OpenAI's wildly popular ChatGPT.

The partnership between Google and Anthropic came after Microsoft invested $10 billion in OpenAI, building on the $1 billion they had previously invested in the AI startup in 2019 and another round in 2021.

Alliances between established companies like Microsoft and Google and startups like Anthropic benefit both parties. The former gains access to advanced AI systems while the latter receives funding and cloud-computing resources. The deal between Google and Anthropic includes lending computing power and AI chips to help the startup train and launch its future products.


Anthropic’s language model assistant, Claude, hasn’t yet been released to the public, but the startup said it planned to expand access to the chatbot “in the coming months."

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced Google's commitment to AI during the company's fourth-quarter earnings report. He expressed excitement for AI-driven advancements in search and beyond, revealing plans to release chatbots in the near future as a companion to search. This highlights Google's aim to expand AI usage beyond its core search business.

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