Alphabet reveals new ChatGPT rival 'Claude'

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is funding another AI tech company in the hopes of making a comeback in the AI chatbot race. The company, Anthropic, has released its own large-language ChatGPT rival – meet Claude.

The release comes on the same day that Microsoft and its own startup protege OpenAI announced the release of its fourth-generation ChatGPT model, dubbed GPT-4.

“Claude is a next-generation AI assistant based on Anthropic’s research into training helpful, honest, and harmless AI systems,” according to the Anthropic.

The AI company was co-founded by two former OpenAI executives, also siblings.

Claude is likely intended as a direct challenger to GPT-4. It has been designed to avoid generating harmful content, according to Anthropic, which claims it is "much less likely" to produce such outputs.

Claude graphic
Image by Anthropic

Anthropic said Claude was given a set of principles during programming, allowing the AI chatbot to explain its objections to potentially inflammatory topics based on a kind of internal moral blueprint instead of being taught to completely avoid dangerous topics.

Described by Anthropic as “skilled, flexible, customizable,” the AI chatbot competitor can be “a delightful company representative, a research assistant, a creative partner, a task automator, and more.”

The user also has the ability to customize the chatbot's personality, tone, and behavior.

Similar to ChatGPT, Claude is capable of easy conversation, summarizing text, creative and collaborative writing, Q&A, coding, and more.

There are two versions being offered up, the full one and a ‘Claude Instant’ light version

Claude Instant is a lighter, less expensive, and much faster option, according to the company’s website.

Claude is currently being integrated for the social question-and-answer platform Quora and the DuckDuckGo web browser.

Anthropic is offering users an early sign up to Claude on its website.

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