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Anthropic Claude 2.1

Anthropic Claude

Jan 12, 2024 | Generative AI

Anthropic Claude continues to impress us. Its ability to quickly summarize, condense or expand any topic is remarkable. It also left a deep impression on investors. In May 2023, Anthropic raised $450 million from investors like Spark Capital. In September, Amazon followed with a $3 billion investment.

What made investors salivate is its flagship large language model, which, as of version 2.1, offers three significant improvements: context window size, accuracy, and extensibility. The expanded context window now handles 75,000 words and can accommodate 200,000 tokens, surpassing OpenAI’s GPT-4, which launched with a 128,000-token window.

The AI startup, founded by former OpenAI engineers), now boasts a chatbot that can handle entire codebases, financial statements like S-1s, or even long literary works such as The Iliad.

Regarding accuracy, Claude 2.1 reportedly supplies fewer incorrect answers, is less likely to hallucinate, and is better at estimating when it can’t be sure. It is “significantly more likely to demur rather than provide incorrect information,” says Anthropic.

Claude 2.1 is also extensible — it can use tools, similar to functionality seen in models that interact with web interfaces. If the model finds that the best move for a question isn’t to reason it out but to use a calculator, a known API, or perform a web search, it will do so.

These investments and improvements underscore Anthropic’s commitment to staying competitive in a rapidly evolving field of large language models despite the challenges faced by its arch-nemesis OpenAI.

Pricing: Free; Pro $20/mo. (Priority access, version switching and early access to new features.

Michael Tchong

Michael Tchong

Founder, Author, Adjunct Professor, Futurist

Michael is the founder of Toolhacker LLC, an innovation speaker and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, futurist, and author of “Ubertrends — How Trends And Innovation Are Transforming Our Future.” He is also the founder of four ahead-of-the-wave startups, including MacWEEK, Atelier Systems, CyberAtlas, and ICONOCAST.

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