Brave’s New AI Chatbot Leo: Brave introduced Leo, an artificial intelligence chatbot that focuses on keeping your conversations private. It’s a big deal because, these days, lots of web browsers are adding AI to help you online. Brave Leo is now ready on desktops after a bunch of tests, and pretty soon, it’ll be on iPhones and Android phones too.
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Brave’s New AI Chatbot Leo
Brave first teased Leo on August 21, 2023, for testing, and it was a hit. They’ve improved it since then, and as of November 2, 2023, anyone using a desktop can chat with Leo. There’s also a premium version of Leo that gives you faster and more detailed answers for a fee.
Leo is all about keeping your personal data safe. That’s something Brave is really good at – it’s a web browser that stops tracking and unwanted ads. Leo looks like other AI chatbots you might know, like ChatGPT or Google Bard, and it can do things like answer questions, translate languages, sum up what’s on a web page, or even make new stuff up. But here’s the cool part: Brave Leo doesn’t keep track of your chats or use them to make other AIs smarter. And you don’t even need to log in to use it!
To chat with Leo, you just click a button with a star on it in the browser, or you can type your question in the address bar.
How Does Leo Protect Your Privacy?
Privacy is a big deal for Leo. Most other chatbots don’t focus as much on keeping your data safe. For example, Bing’s chatbot might use your browsing info for ads, and ChatGPT needs you to sign up and agree to terms that might let them use your info for research. But Leo is different. You don’t need an account or any agreement to use it. You can chat anonymously, and Leo uses a special system that keeps your identity and location a secret. It also forgets everything once you finish chatting, so there’s no record of your conversation.
Brave Leo Premium
There are two types of Brave Leo. One is free, and the other costs $15 a month and has more features and better performance. The free Leo uses a language model called Llama 2 by Meta. The fancy Leo Premium uses something called Claude Instant.
Claude Instant is a cheaper, speedier version of Claude 2, made by a company called Anthropic, and it’s supposed to be even better than ChatGPT. Big companies like Google and Amazon are using Claude 2 for their AI stuff.
Using Leo on Brave Desktop Browser
It’s easy to get started with Leo:
- Download the latest version of the Brave browser.
- Click the Leo icon at the top right to open the sidebar.
- Type your questions or use the microphone to speak.
- In the settings, change language and voice settings, or access premium features.
- Use buttons for summarizing info, translating, or creating content.
- Give feedback on answers with thumbs up or down, report issues, or share responses.
Brave is planning to bring Leo to iOS and Android in early 2024!
Why Leo Stands Out
Unlike Bing or ChatGPT, Leo doesn’t ask you to sign up or accept terms that might risk your privacy. It’s all about keeping your chats private and secure, using its own AI tech, including features from Claude Instant.
Brian Bondy, the guy who helped start Brave and also its tech boss, says they’re really serious about keeping your data safe while you use their AI. And they’re not just stopping with privacy. Brave’s AI chatbot is made to grow, meaning they plan to add more language models to Leo Premium later.