In today’s market of web browsers, in addition to the popular choices like Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, users have the opportunity to explore a myriad of alternatives for their internet browsing needs. One such alternative is Brave, a browser built upon the Chromium framework, which places a strong emphasis on providing a secure and efficient browsing experience. Brave achieves this by effectively blocking trackers, tracking cookies, and ensuring minimal resource consumption.
The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Web Browsing
The prevalence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is steadily increasing across various applications, and web browsers are no exception. While some AI implementations may leave much to be desired, others represent a significant leap forward in their respective domains. Brave has recently integrated Meta’s AI, known as Llama2 in version 13b, and it’s aptly named Leo. I had the opportunity to test this integration firsthand to understand its capabilities and its potential impact on our daily browsing activities.
Getting Acquainted with Leo, Brave’s AI
It’s important to clarify that Brave’s AI is not ChatGPT, as one might assume. Instead, it’s powered by Meta’s AI, specifically Llama2 in version 13b, and it goes by the name Leo. While Leo is the default AI option, there are plans to introduce version 70B of Llama2, which will feature advanced Chat options and Claude Instant—an AI entity entirely independent of major developers, showing promising prospects for the future.
Leo AI Browser in Action
Leo comes pre-activated in the Brave browser, eliminating the need for users to delve into the configuration settings to enable it. This AI tool in Brave is designed to facilitate interactions with the content displayed within the browser. In essence, it serves as an assistant, ready to answer a wide range of questions related to the web page you’re currently viewing.
Think of it as similar to the functionality found in Bing Chat when you provide a link and request a summary. However, Brave’s AI takes it a step further by enabling users to engage in a dialogue with the AI while having the URL open and the website under scrutiny.
Accessing Leo is straightforward; it resides in Brave’s side panel, accessible by clicking the icon in the upper right corner, representing a browser with a dark panel on the right-hand side.
Guided Web Page Summaries and Inquiries
Upon agreeing to the terms of service, Leo prompts users to create a summary of the current web page. The objective here is to highlight the most significant points on the page. It’s worth noting that Leo’s accuracy and effectiveness depend on the formatting of the website; a well-structured page yields more accurate results.
Additionally, Leo provides a list of suggested questions related to the open web page, with answers obtainable from the content of that page. Leo’s ability to offer these suggestions hinges on the website’s proper structuring. If a web page lacks consistent section styling, obtaining relevant information becomes a challenging task.
Assessing Leo’s Utility
From our perspective, the recent surge in AI adoption by developers has prompted a wave of experimentation. Everyone seems eager to incorporate AI features into their software, even when it may not always align with the software’s core purpose.
In the case of Brave’s AI, Leo, it is a versatile tool that can be used on web pages in multiple languages, as it’s capable of translating question suggestions and text summaries. However, it’s important to acknowledge that Leo still has room for improvement. During our extensive testing, we encountered instances where Leo provided summaries and question suggestions predominantly in English, even on Spanish-language websites, indicating some refinements are needed in its language processing capabilities.