While OpenAI is in the in the middle of an existential crisisthere’s a new chatbot update from Anthropic, the Google-backed AI startup founded by former OpenAI engineers who left disagreements over the company’s increasingly commercial direction as its partnership with Microsoft continued.
The company also says Claude will hallucinate – or lie – half as often as before, and can do things like search the Internet or use a calculator through customizable tools. The chatbot now also supports custom, persistent prompts and has a new test window for trying out prompts.
The 200,000 token feature doubles what Claude could previously handle, and it’s a significantly higher limit than the 32,000 token ceiling of the most expensive version of GPT-4. Anthropic calls this an “industry first” and says it allows the chatbot to search uploads from entire codebases or work like the “Iliad.” The higher token count is exclusive to the company’s Pro plan.
Anthropic also brought Claude a little closer to ChatGPT with the new beta tool usage feature. Users can now connect API tools, and Claude will choose the best one for the job depending on the context. That includes using a calculator or searching the web, and the company says users can request specific API calls using natural language.
Finally, the company said it has updated its developer console with a testing window for trying out new prompts and added the ability to give Claude custom persistent prompts. Similar to GPT-4, this means you can customize the chatbot to respond in specific ways or with specific personalities.