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Brave Browser Unveils Privacy-Focused AI Chatbot

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Brave, the privacy-centric browser, is making waves in the AI world with the introduction of Leo, a native AI assistant.

Celebrated for its commitment to blocking unwanted ads and trackers, Brave is now offering users an AI chatbot that champions 'unparalleled privacy'.

After a rigorous period of testing, Leo is now free for all desktop users of Brave's version 1.60 web browser. The phased roll-out will extend to Android and iOS platforms in the coming months.

Leo's core features mirror those of other AI chatbots like Bing Chat and Google Bard, including translation, question answering, webpage summarising, and content generation. However, Brave asserts that Leo's commitment to privacy sets it apart. Unlike other chatbots, Leo doesn't record conversations for AI model training, and no login information is required for use. However, Brave does caution users to treat Leo's outputs with care due to potential inaccuracies or errors.

The standard version of Leo, which uses Meta's Llama 2 large language model, is free by default. For users who prefer a different AI language model, Brave is launching Leo Premium. This $15 monthly subscription features Anthropic’s AI assistant, Claude Instant, a faster, more affordable version of Anthropic’s Claude 2 large language model.

Brave's CTO and co-founder, Brian Bondy, emphasised the importance of privacy in AI, stating, 'Brave is committed to pairing AI with user privacy, and will provide our users with secure and personalised AI assistance where they already spend their time online.'

Leo Premium users can expect additional models, higher-quality conversations, priority queuing during peak usage, higher rate limits, and early access to new features. Bondy also hinted at the future expansion of Leo, stating 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.

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