Google Deepens Foray Into AI, Invests in Artificial Intelligence Startup Anthropic
As part of its plan to deepen its foray into generative AI, tech giant Google has invested $300 Million into Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup Anthropic.
According to the deal, the startup has agreed to purchase some of Google’s services to support its technology, which will see Anthropic use Google Cloud to train, scale and deploy its AI systems.
The partnership is designed so that both companies can co-develop AI computing systems.
Speaking on the partnership, Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian wrote via a tweet, “Today’s announcement with Anthropic AI is another great example of the ecosystem of AI startups leveraging Google Cloud’s reliable and open infrastructure to build their businesses.”
Also commenting on the partnership is Anthropic CEO Dario Amodei who said, “we are partnering with Google Cloud to support the next phase of Anthropic where we are going to deploy our AI systems to a larger set of people. This partnership gives us the cloud infrastructure performance and scale we need.
“We are eager to use Google cloud infrastructure to build reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. This partnership with Google Cloud will let us build a more robust AI platform”.
Founded in 2021, Investors King understands that the AI startup began deploying its technology publicly in January this year, which saw it start with a language model assistant named “Claude”. Anthropic have conducted research into making systems that are more steerable, robust, and interpretable.
Last year, the startup raised $580 million in series B funding led by Ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. The company disclosed that the fundraised will be used to explore the predictable scaling properties of machine learning systems, while closely examining the unpredictable ways in which capabilities and safety issues can emerge at scale.
The startup currently has a growing team of around 40 people based in its plant-filled office in San Francisco, California, with plans to expand further this year.
On the other hand, reports reveal that Google is rushing to release its artificial intelligence products in the wake of OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
The tech giant is reportedly working hard and fast on a “code red” effort to respond to OpenAI chatbot ChatGPT, with a large language chatbot, and testing new ways to incorporate that AI-powered bot into search.
Huawei Records Decline in Profits For 2022 as US Sanctions, China’s Pandemic Impacts Earnings
Chinese leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices Huawei has reported a decline in profit for 2022, attributing the decline to US sanctions and China’s pandemic controls.
The tech giant company recorded a net profit of 35.6 billion yuan ($5.18 billion), a 69% year-on-year decline, which is reported to be the company’s biggest annual decline since 2011.
Huawei which is one of China’s first global tech brands was caught up in China-U.S. tensions over technology and security. This prompted U.S. officials to disclose that the company is a security risk and might enable Chinese spying.
The U.S., therefore, banned U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei, cutting off its access to chips and software such as Google services for its smartphones, also preventing it from selling its telecommunications gear to U.S. customers.
This move by the U.S. affected Huawei’s smartphone business which was once the number one in the world. Huawei’s consumer business which houses its smartphone unit, fell more than 11% to 214.5 billion yuan in 2022, a significant decline from 2021. However, the company recorded a huge profit after it sold off its Honor brand to a consortium of over 30 agents and dealers to keep its budget smartphone unit alive.
Speaking on the business operations for the year 2022, Huawei’s chief financial officer Sabrina Meng said, “The year 2022 is a year where Huawei pulled ourselves out of a crisis mode. U.S. restrictions are now our new normal and we’re back to business as usual.”
Also commenting is the rotating Chairman at Huawei Eric Xu who said, “In 2022, a challenging external environment and non-market factors continued to take a toll a Huawei’s operations. In the midst of this storm, we kept racing ahead, doing everything in our power to maintain business continuity and serve our customers”.
Investors King understands that Huawei has since sought to diversify its business into new areas such as cloud computing and automotive after a few years following U.S. sanctions that took a toll on the company’s revenue. For now, these businesses seem to have paid off as Huawei’s enterprise business revenues in 2022 grew 30% from a year earlier to 133.2 billion yuan ($19.4 billion).
Google Removes 5.2 Billion Ads, Over 4.3 Million Ads Restricted for Violating its Policies
Giant tech company Google in its Ads Safety Report 2022 revealed it removed 5.2 billion ads, restricted over 4.3 million ads, and suspended over 6.7 million advertiser accounts in 2022 for violating its ads policies.
The company also stated that it has blocked and restricted ads from serving over 1.57 billion publisher pages across over 1,43,000 publisher sites compared to 63,000 in 2021.
Reports reveal that the 5.2 billion ads that were removed violated Google’s policy which includes misleading financial ads, dangerous products, and services, trademark violations, counterfeit goods, sensitive events about the Russian-Ukraine war, etc.
On the other hand, the over 4.3 million ads contained unacceptable content such as copyrights, alcohol, financial services, healthcare and medicines, adult content, gambling, local legal requirements, and restricted businesses.
Speaking on the report, Google Ads safety and privacy director Alejandro Borgia said, “Bad actors use online advertising to cause harm. We are committed to keeping you safe online by building products that are secure by default, private by design and put you in control. This promise extends to your online ad experience, which is why we are committed to blocking or removing bad advertisements.
“To create safe ads for users, we have updated 29 advertiser and publisher policies. This policy creation cycle is continuous and as we detect new issues that are emerging on the internet, we are constantly refining our policies and creating new policies when necessary. We will continue to invest in policies our team experts and enforcement technology to stay ahead of potential threats”.
Investors King understands that Google is also rolling out an Ads transparency center or a searchable hub for all ads from verified advertisers where users can see what they have run on the platform, the formats, and more.
It is interesting to note that there have been incessant complaints from users stating that Google’s search results are increasingly stuffed with paid ads, and they expressed concerns that spam sites are getting better at pushing themselves up in search results by gaming the company’s algorithms. Users disclosed that using the site was becoming less helpful and more annoying even as it remains the primary tool more than 4 billion people use to search the internet.
Looking ahead into 2023, with the first quarter (Q1) almost over, Google has revealed that it is committed to providing a safe and trustworthy ads experiment for users, which it disclosed is the company’s critical mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. The giant tech company further promises to stay diligent in its efforts to combat abuse across its platform while helping advertisers and publishers grow their businesses.
Nigeria’s EFCC Arrests Olumide “D.O” Olusanya, Founder of Kloud Commerce
Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken Dr. Olumide “D.O” Olusanya, the founder of Kloud Commerce, into custody, according to sources.
The EFCC officers reportedly detained Olusanya on Monday while he was in the middle of a meeting at the Lekki offices of Gloopro, one of the business ventures he led. Olusanya’s previous startup, Gloo.ng, was also shut down.
Investors have alleged malfeasance and deceptive practices by Olusanya, who they claim provided false updates on the growth of Kloud Commerce. At least 18 institutional and individual investors had provided capital to the now-shuttered startup.
Former executives and employees who worked with Olusanya at Kloud Commerce had described him as an abrasive founder who presented a positive picture to investors despite scarce progress while continuously demotivating the team he had assembled.
Kloud Commerce had raised USD 765 K in pre-seed funding in 2021 to develop a multi-channel commerce solution for African businesses, starting in Nigeria. However, the startup closed its doors a year later after a prolonged period of questionable management and disputes that left the company crippled for several months.
At the time of publishing this report, Olusanya remains detained, and further clarification on the matter is still pending.
The situation serves as a reminder of the importance of transparency and accountability in the startup ecosystem, where trust and credibility are vital factors for attracting investors and customers.
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