Artificial intelligence (AI) developer Anthropic said it will receive an additional $100 million in investment from the South Korean telecommunications giant SK Telecom, according to an announcement on Aug. 13.
The investment comes alongside a collaboration between the two companies to develop a multilingual large language model (LLM) for the Telco AI Platform.
The forthcoming LLM will be available in languages including Korean, English, German, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish, and aims to allow for the creation of customized AI services for global telecom service providers.
Dario Amodei, the co-founder and CEO of Anthropic, said that SK Telecom has “incredible ambitions” to utilize AI to “transform” the way the telecommunications industry functions.
“We see industry-specific LLMs as having high potential to create safer and more reliable deployments of AI technology.”
Additionally, the companies plan to work together to help “fine tune” Anthropic’s latest model Claude 2, which was released on July 11.
This development comes as South Korea has been highlighted by leaders in the AI industry as a market positioned for growth, particularly in chip development.
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Anthropic was founded by former members of the leading AI development company OpenAI, which is backed by Microsoft.
In May, it closed its Series C funding round in which it raised $450 million from Google, Salesforce Ventures, Sound Ventures and Zoom Ventures. The company received its first major investment from Google via Google Cloud in February 2023.
The now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX also invested in Anthropic. At the time of its bankruptcy filing, the former exchange’s position was worth around $500 million.
Anthropic has recently been included in the Biden administration’s recently announced AI cybersecurity challenge, which aims to protect United States cybersecurity infrastructure.
Additionally, it is a member of the Frontier Model Forum, along with Google, OpenAI and Microsoft, which looks to help regulate AI development.
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