Brave introduces a new ‘anonymous and secure’ AI chatbot in response to Bing and ChatGPT. Brave, the privacy-focused browser, automatically blocks unwanted ads and trackers. It’s introducing Leo, a native AI assistant that the company claims offers “unparalleled privacy” compared to some other AI chatbot services.
After several months of testing, Leo is now free for all Brave desktop users running version 1.60 of the web browser. Leo will be gradually released over the next few days and will soon be available on Android and iOS in the coming months.
Brave Introduces a New ‘Anonymous and Secure’ AI Chatbot in Response to Bing and ChatGPT
Leo’s core features resemble other AI chatbots like Bing Chat and Google Bard. It can translate, answer questions, summarize webpages, and generate new content. Brave asserts that Leo offers benefits in line with the company’s privacy focus. Conversations with the chatbot aren’t recorded or utilized to train AI models, and it doesn’t require login information. Nevertheless, Brave advises caution in handling Leo’s outputs due to potential inaccuracies or errors, just like other AI chatbots.
Leo: Standard and Premium Versions – Bridging AI with Privacy and Enhanced Features
Leo’s standard version uses Meta’s Llama 2 large language model and is freely available.
If users wish to use a different AI language model, Brave offers Leo Premium, a $15 monthly subscription that includes Anthropic’s AI assistant, Claude Instant. It’s a quicker and more cost-effective alternative to Anthropic’s Claude 2 large language model.
Brian Bondy, CTO and co-founder of Brave, emphasized in a press release that AI is a powerful tool, but it can also raise data privacy concerns. Brave’s commitment is to merge AI with user privacy, offering secure and personalized AI assistance where users spend their time online.
Brave states that Leo Premium users will have access to additional models, improved conversations, priority queuing during peak usage, higher rate limits, and early access to new features. We’ve contacted Brave to ascertain the expected arrival of these additional benefits and will update this story with their response.