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Anthropic Introduces Paid Subscription for Its AI-Driven Chatbot Service

Anthropic unveils Claude Pro, a premium subscription plan for its AI chatbot, Claude 2. Get ready for 5x more usage, priority access, and a challenge to ChatGPT Plus!

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Get your seatbelts fastened, AI enthusiasts! Anthropic, the buzz-worthy startup led by ex-OpenAI prodigies, just dropped a bombshell. Say hello to Claude Pro, a premium subscription plan for its vaunted Claude 2 chatbot, and oh boy, it’s giving OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus a run for its money!

For a cool $20 a month in the U.S. (or £18 for our friends across the pond), you can unlock the digital Narnia that is Claude Pro. We’re talking "5x more usage," the ability to flood Claude 2 with "many more" messages, and get this—priority access during high-traffic hours and first dibs on mind-blowing new features. All this, priced head-to-head with ChatGPT Plus!

“Since our launch, we’ve won hearts for Claude's superior reasoning, rapid outputs, and lengthy context windows,” brags Anthropic in a blog post. Forget the skimpy conversation limits; with Claude Pro, you can dispatch a whopping 100 messages every eight hours! And why the message cap? Anthropic candidly states it’s all about managing capacity. Running a chatbot this beefy demands a fleet of powerful computers, something that once cost OpenAI a jaw-dropping $21 million a month!

Here's a quirky fact: if you upload a manuscript like "The Great Gatsby," your message quota drops to around 20 in the next eight hours. That's because Claude 2 is so diligent, it "re-reads" the entire conversation every time. Talk about attention to detail!

But Anthropic isn't stopping at chatbots. Its moonshot? A “next-gen algorithm for AI self-teaching.” The company, valued in the single-digit billions and having raised $1.45 billion, needs a staggering $5 billion over the next two years to realize its grand vision.

Revenue from Claude Pro is a drop in this ocean-sized budget, destined primarily for compute capacity. With “tens of thousands of GPUs” already in use, they plan to pour roughly a billion dollars into infrastructure alone over the next year and a half.

Up against giants like OpenAI, Cohere, and AI21 Labs, Anthropic is holding its own. With "thousands" of current customers and partners, including Quora offering access to Claude 2 through its AI app Poe, the stage is set for an AI showdown.

In a world eager for smarter, more efficient chatbots, Claude Pro isn’t just a product; it’s a challenge to the status quo. Keep your eyes peeled because the AI turf war just got a whole lot more interesting!