Brave launches privacy AI assistant, Leo

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Brave, the privacy-focused browser, has launched Leo, a new AI assistant that the company claims provides “unparalleled privacy” compared to other AI chatbot services. Leo is available for free to all Brave desktop users running version 1.60 of the web browser. It is expected to be rolled out to Android and iOS devices in the coming months.

Like other AI chatbots, Leo can translate, answer questions, summarize webpages, and generate new content.

Leo does not record or use conversations to train AI models, and no login information is required to use it. Brave is also offering a free version that uses Meta’s Llama 2 large language model, and a premium version ($15 per month) that uses Anthropic’s AI assistant, Claude Instant.

In a press release, Brave CTO and co-founder Brian Bondy said that Leo is a “privacy-first solution” to the growing concerns about data privacy and AI. He said that Brave is “committed to pairing AI with user privacy” and that Leo will provide users with “secure and personalized AI assistance where they already spend their time online.”

Bondy said that “Leo is built in a way that many different models can be plugged into the feature. We believe that more models will be offered over time and that users should be able to choose among them.”

The sources for this piece include an article in TheVerge.

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