Brave, the privacy-focused browser that automatically blocks unwanted ads and trackers, is launching Leo, a native AI assistant that the company says provides “unparalleled privacy” compared to other AI chatbot services. Following several months of testing, Leo is now available for free to use by all Brave desktop users running version 1.60 of the web browser. Leo will launch “in phases over the next few days” and will be available on Android and iOS “in the coming months.”
Leo’s main features are not much different from other AI chatbots like Bing Chat and Google Bard: it can translate, answer questions, summarize web pages, and generate new content. Brave says Leo’s benefits over those offerings are that it aligns with the company’s focus on privacy: Conversations with the chatbot are not recorded or used to train AI models, and no login information is required. to use it. However, as with other AI chatbots, Valiente vindicates Leo’s departures should be “treated with care for possible inaccuracies or errors.”
“AI can be a powerful tool, but it can also present growing data privacy concerns and there is a need for a privacy-first solution,” said Brian Bondy, CTO and co-founder of Brave, in a statement from press. “Brave is committed to combining AI with user privacy and will provide our users with safe, personalized AI support where they already spend their time online.”
Brave says additional models will be available to Leo Premium users along with access to higher quality conversations, priority queuing during peak usage, higher rate caps, and early access to new features. In a statement to The edgeBrian Bondy, CTO and co-founder of Brave, said, “Leo is built in a way that many different models can be connected to the feature. We believe that over time more models will be offered and that users should be able to choose between them.”
Update, November 2 at 1:30 pm ET: Updated to include a statement from Brave co-founder Brian Bondy about future AI models coming to Leo.