November 30, 2023

Courageous is a Chromium-based browser that limits monitoring for private adverts and runs by itself Courageous search engine. The corporate has been selling consumer privateness as a core characteristic of its product. Privateness can also be central to Courageous’s new product referred to as Leo, a three-month-old generative AI assistant constructed atop Anthropic’s Claude and Meta’s Llama 2.

Not like ChatGPT and different generative AI merchandise, Leo has a lot better privateness protections in place. Leo doesn’t maintain a chat historical past, and Courageous doesn’t use your knowledge to coach its chatbot. Furthermore, you don’t want an account to entry the bot. And in the event you go for the premium expertise, which is cheaper than ChatGPT Plus, Courageous received’t hyperlink your account to the information you utilize.

I mentioned Leo is a three-month-old ChatGPT rival as a result of that’s how lengthy it’s been in testing. However Courageous is now rolling out Leo to all Courageous customers who’re on the most recent desktop browser model, which is 1.60. You need to see the Leo image within the browser’s sidebar within the close to future, as soon as Courageous rolls it out to you. The iPhone and Android variations of Courageous will get Leo assist within the coming months.

Let’s discuss privateness first

Considered one of my largest points with generative AI merchandise like ChatGPT and Google Bard is consumer privateness. And I’m extra all in favour of the way forward for generative AI that can carry private AI to the desk. The one method I’ll use these merchandise is that if they supply higher privateness than what’s out there from the less-personal generative AI experiences to this point.

Courageous’s Leo may assist paved the way in that regard, contemplating that Courageous touts the chatbot’s “unparalleled privateness” options from the get-go.

To start with, you don’t want an account to entry Leo. Which means you don’t must confirm your e mail or telephone quantity. Leo is on the market within the sidebar (or will quickly seem there).

Leo Premium working with code era. Picture supply: Courageous

If you wish to pay for the $15/month Leo Premium, you’ll get unlinkable tokens that can validate your entry. However Courageous “can by no means join your buy particulars together with your utilization of the product, an additional step that ensures your exercise is non-public to you and solely you.”

Furthermore, the corporate says, “the e-mail you used to create your account is unlinkable to your day-to-day use of Leo, making this a uniquely non-public credentialing expertise.”

Courageous says all Leo requests will likely be routed via an anonymized server, so your IP deal with can’t be related to Leo site visitors.

Extra importantly, Leo’s chats received’t stay on Courageous’s servers. They’ll be discarded instantly after being generated. And Leo received’t prepare on these chats. Moreover, Courageous received’t accumulate your IP deal with and different private identifiers. Leo and any third-party mannequin suppliers received’t accumulate consumer knowledge both. That’s vital, contemplating that Leo is constructed on two language fashions.

As a reminder, Claude comes from Anthorpic. That’s an organization that wishes to make extra moral generative AI merchandise than OpenAI. However Leo additionally incorporates Llama 2 entry from Meta. The social large isn’t recognized for safeguarding consumer privateness. Not that Courageous’s Llama use will spy on anybody whilst you’re utilizing Leo.

OpenAI’s ChatGPT can hardly match these privateness options. Do not forget that it took months for OpenAI to allow you to decide out of sending your knowledge to the ChatGPT servers.

What can Leo and Leo Premium do?

Courageous can give you a generative AI expertise much like ChatGPT and Google Bard. Leo can reply questions on content material, summarize internet pages or movies, and generate content material. It may well additionally translate pages, and analyze and rewrite content material.

The fundamental Leo expertise runs on the Llama 2 language mannequin from Meta.

Leo Premium will carry over entry to Claude Instantaneous, Anthropic’s “quicker and lighter mannequin that excels at logical reasoning and coding.” That is the ChatGPT various that can assist with extra superior prompts involving math and coding. Leo Premium may also chat in a number of languages when answering your prompts.

“Further fashions will likely be out there to Leo Premium customers, in addition to entry to increased fee limits, higher-quality conversations, precedence queuing during times of peak utilization, and early entry to new options and enhancements,” Courageous says.

The corporate additionally notes that Anthropic used Courageous’s Search API to coach Claude 2, its newest language mannequin, on “high-quality knowledge to assist optimize Claude’s outputs for retrieval augmented era (RAG) queries.”

Asking Leo questions directly from Brave's address bar.
Asking Leo questions immediately from Courageous’s deal with bar. Picture supply: Courageous

Easy methods to entry Leo

As you’ll be able to see within the pictures above, supplied by Courageous, Leo will sit within the sidebar. Search for an asterisk image in a chat bubble to search out it. If the crimson image isn’t there, you aren’t operating Courageous 1.60 or increased. Or the Leo rollout didn’t attain your area. For instance, on the time of this writing, I can’t entry Leo on Courageous.

One other technique to chat with Leo is to ask a query within the deal with bar and click on on the “Ask Leo” icon described above.