Google Cloud and Cohere Team up to Expand Access to NLP

In an effort to build upon its current artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure, Google Cloud is partnering up with Cohere, a Toronto-based tech company specializing in natural language processing (NLP) services. The two companies announced Nov. 17 that they will be entering a two-year — at least — partnership in order to advance their respective AI infrastructures and develop large language models.

“Leading companies around the world are using AI to fundamentally transform their business processes and deliver more helpful customer experiences,” said Thomas Kurian, the CEO of Google Cloud. “Our work with Cohere will make it easier and more cost-effective for any organization to realize the possibilities of AI with powerful NLP services powered by Google’s custom-designed Tensor Processing Units (TPUs).”

Earlier this month, on Nov. 15, Cohere announced the general availability of its NLP platform, which consists of a series of tools to help developers design “websites and apps that can read, write, and understand human language.” The company, which was founded in 2019, states that its mission is to expand the accessibility of large language models and break the language barrier between humans and machines.

The partnership between Cohere and Google Cloud will last at least until 2024, however the companies note that there is a possibility that it will be extended to 2025 or 2026. NLP technology can be particularly useful for companies looking to streamline processes like customer support and document sorting and organization — however, they can also be timely and expensive to implement effectively. Through the partnership, Google Cloud and Cohere hope to make such technology more user-friendly and accessible for companies that haven’t been able to implement it before.

“By partnering with Google Cloud and using Cloud TPUs, Google’s best-in-class machine learning infrastructure, we are bringing cutting-edge NLP technology to every developer and every organization through a powerful platform,” said Aidan Gomez, the co-founder and CEO of Cohere. “Through this partnership we’re giving developers access to one of the most important technologies to emerge from the modern AI revolution.”

Andrew Warner
Andrew Warner is a writer from Sacramento. He received his B.A. in linguistics and English from UCLA and is currently working toward an M.A. in applied linguistics at Columbia University. His writing has been published in Language Magazine, Sactown Magazine, and The Takeout.

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