Following the launch of AI-driven conversational bots by Microsoft and Google, Amazon has now entered the fray with its own offering. However, unlike its competitors, Amazon is not providing a free AI bot. Instead, the company is focusing on enterprise and developer customers, helping them build their own AI services on AWS.
Amazon’s goal is to be a neutral infrastructure provider:
Amazon’s new platform, called Amazon Bedrock, partners with AI startups to bring their technological achievements to the cloud for developers and businesses to utilize.
Currently, the offerings include: 1. AI21Labs, providing large language models (LLMs) for generating content in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Dutch; 2. Claude, an LLM for conversational and text-based tasks; 3. Stable Diffusion for image generation; and 4. Amazon TITAN for text summarization, generation, classification, open-domain question answering, information extraction, and embedded search.
Amazon Bedrock allows developers and businesses to access third-party models without Amazon collecting or using customer data. In contrast, ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and Bard collect and analyze user data based on questions asked, posing potential privacy concerns.
Amazon has noted that many customers are concerned about security, especially financial services and healthcare providers. When users interact with AI models, sensitive data may be leaked into the model’s training data and shared with other users. By not collecting this data for model training, Amazon aims to address these potential security issues.
Currently available features:
As the four models mentioned above illustrate, Amazon now offers text generation, chatbots, search, text summarization, image generation, and image classification capabilities. Customers can choose different models based on their needs, such as creating a company-specific chatbot.
Of course, using any of these models requires operating on AWS, so free usage is not an option. Amazon will not offer AI bots to general users, nor will it provide free use cases to customers.
Amazon Bedrock is currently in testing, and interested businesses can sign up for the waitlist here: https://aws.amazon.com/cn/bedrock/