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Brave Introduces AI Assistant Leo with Generative Capabilities

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Brave, the open-source browser, joins the growing list of browsers that come with built-in generative AI assistants. The open-source developer has begun rolling out an upgrade for Brave on desktop that allows users to access their AI assistant, Leo. Brave […]

Brave Introduces AI Assistant Leo with Generative Capabilities

Brave, the open-source browser, joins the growing list of browsers that come with built-in generative AI assistants. The open-source developer has begun rolling out an upgrade for Brave on desktop that allows users to access their AI assistant, Leo. Brave introduced Leo through its Nightly experimental channel back in August and has been testing it since then. The assistant is built on Llama 2, a large language model developed jointly by Microsoft and Meta for commercial and research purposes.

Similar to other AI assistants, users can ask Leo for various tasks such as generating summaries of web pages and videos, translating and/or proofreading content, and even generating new content. Llama 2-powered Leo is free for all users, but Brave has also introduced a paid version capable of “high-quality conversations.” Known as Leo Premium, it is powered by Anthropic’s Claude Instant and can generate longer and more detailed responses. Users will have to pay $15 per month for this version but will also receive priority wait times during peak periods and early access to new features.

In their announcement, Brave Software emphasized Leo’s privacy-preserving capabilities. The developer stated that conversations with Leo are not retained on their servers, and the assistant’s responses are immediately discarded and “not used for modeling.” It was also explained that Brave does not collect IP addresses and does not store personally identifiable information about the user. Additionally, users do not even need to create an account to use Leo.

In July, Brave faced accusations of selling copyrighted information for training skilled intelligence models without consent. “Brave browser has the right to monetize and place terms of use on its search results,” said the company’s chief search specialist, Josep M. Pujol, in response to the allegations. “‘Content of the website’ is always the snippet that depends on the user query, always with attribution to the URL of the content. This is a standard and expected feature of all search engines.”

Brave will gradually introduce Leo on desktop over the next few days. However, users who use the browser on Android and iOS devices will have to wait for its release on mobile devices in the coming months.

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