Brave, a privacy-focused browser known for automatically blocking unwanted ads and tracking, has unveiled Leo, a domestic AI assistant that the company claims provides “unparalleled privacy” compared to other AI chatbot services. Following several months of testing, Leo is now […]
Brave, a privacy-focused browser known for automatically blocking unwanted ads and tracking, has unveiled Leo, a domestic AI assistant that the company claims provides “unparalleled privacy” compared to other AI chatbot services. Following several months of testing, Leo is now available for free to all Brave desktop users using version 1.60 of the web browser. The introduction of Leo will be rolled out “in phases over the next few days” on Android and iOS devices, with availability expected in the coming months.
Leo’s core functions are not too different from other AI chatbots like Bing Chat and Google Bard: it can translate, answer questions, summarize web pages, and generate new content. However, Brave asserts that Leo’s advantage lies in its alignment with the company’s privacy focus. Conversations with the chatbot are not logged or used for AI model training, and no sign-in is required to use it. Nevertheless, similar to other AI chatbots, Brave advises users to “use Leo’s results carefully due to possible inaccuracies or errors.”
Brave users can access Leo directly from the browser’s side panel, located on the right side of the web page.
The standard version of Leo utilizes Meta’s powerful language model, Llama 2, and is free to use by default. For users seeking access to another AI language model, Brave also introduces Leo Premium, a $15 monthly subscription that includes Anthropic’s AI assistant, Claude Instant—a faster and more affordable version of Anthropic’s large language model, Claude 2. “AI can be a powerful tool, but it can also raise privacy concerns, and there is a need for privacy-focused access,” stated Brian Bondi, CTO, and co-founder of Brave, in a media statement. “Brave is committed to connecting AI with user privacy and providing secure and personalized AI assistance where people already spend time on the internet.”
Brave states that additional models will be available to Leo Premium users, along with high-quality conversations, priority waiting during peak loads, higher limits, and early access to new features. We reached out to Brave for clarification on when these additional benefits are expected to be available and will update this story if we receive a response.