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Anthropic releases Claude mobile app

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Appetizer: Anthropic releases Claude mobile app 📲

Entrée: Introducing the first AI diplomat 😳

Dessert: Microsoft invests $2.2 billion in Malaysian AI development 💰


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The world’s most powerful AI is now in your pocket. 🙌

What’s new? Anthropic, the company behind the Claude 3 family of AI models, has launched an iOS app to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT. An Android version is also in the works.

Why? Apps like ChatGPT and Perplexity have been taking over the AI app market and have garnered a lot of traffic to the models, as most people interact with LLMs on their phones. Scott White, a product manager at Anthropic, sees this move as an opportunity to shake up this market, stating, “We’re putting the power of Claude directly into people’s hands. It’s not just about convenience; it’s about integrating Claude into the fabric of our daily lives.”

How will it work? Previously, Claude (which as surpassed ChatGPT on various benchmarks) was accessible only via Anthropic’s Claude.ai website and third-party model libraries such as Amazon Bedrock, Hugging Face, and Microsoft Azure. The new Claude mobile app serves as a chatbot and also allows users to upload photos right on their phones for image analysis. Claude will also offer a Team plan, priced at $30 per seat per month, which provides access for groups of at least five people, offering additional chat queries, larger context windows for document analysis, and enhanced administrative control.

“In today’s world, smartphones are at the center of how people interact with technology. To make Claude a true AI assistant, it’s crucial that we meet users where they are—and in many cases, that’s on their mobile devices.”

-Scott White, Product Manager at Anthropic


The first-ever AI diplomat is here! 🤝

What’s new? Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has introduced “Victoriya Shi,” a digital representative created using AI to provide timely updates on foreign affairs.

How will this work? The AI avatar will deliver statements to the public written by Ukraine’s MFA. In a teaser video (above), Shi stated, “My work will consist of reporting operational and verified information of the consular department of the MFA of Ukraine to the public. I will inform journalists of news about the work of consuls in protecting the rights and interests of Ukrainian citizens abroad, responding to incidents or emergency situations and other news.” Each video will contain a QR code linked to the official statement on the MFA’s website, hoping to counteract deepfake attempts.

What’s the significance? Ukraine’s MFA says the reason for doing this is to expedite and systematize the delivery of important information, especially in times of war and global tension. We might imagine more countries and organizations deferring to this approach, as it also might reduce the stigma surrounding leaders who many in the country refuse to listen to or support. Hearing the message from an AI avatar might be more pleasant and get a better response in such cases.


The world’s most valuable company continues to expand … 🌎

What happened? Microsoft announced a $2.2 billion investment in Malaysia over the next four years, marking its largest investment in the country to date.

Why? This move follows Microsoft’s recent announcements of a $1.7 billion investment in Indonesia and the opening of a regional data center in Thailand, reflecting the company’s ongoing strategy to expand its cloud and AI services across Asia. The Malaysia investment, in particular, will focus on building AI and cloud infrastructure, providing AI skilling opportunities to over 200,000 people and supporting local developers. Microsoft will also work with the Malaysian government to establish a national “AI Centre of Excellence” and enhance the nation’s cybersecurity capabilities.

“We want to make sure we have world class infrastructure right here in the country so that every organization and start-up can benefit.”

-Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO


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