AI Comes to Brave, the Privacy-Respecting Browser

Brave has launched “Summarizer,” a new AI-powered search tool.

AI Comes to Brave, the Privacy-Respecting Browser
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Machine Learning models are all the rage these days, and the big-brothers like Google, Microsoft, and Apple are all wading into the murky waters as fast as their greedy shareholders can egg them on.

But what about those of us who like living an Internet life completely free from advertisements? Personally, I’ll avoid a service altogether rather than succumb to ads, so the only way I can use half the Internet these days is through a browser like Brave. Brave hides your activity online, blocking ads, trackers, and generally making your web experience an enjoyable surf. But Brave’s joining the LLM race now as well.

Brave has now a new feature to fill out their already impressive alternative to Google’s near-ubiquitous search engine.

By leveraging LLMs (large language models), Brave can summarize information from various websites at the top of your search results, giving you instant access to the information you need without the hassle of digging through an entire website.

Right now, the new feature will only work for around 17% of search queries, but that number is expected to advance at a solid rate, considering that Brave Search is one of the fastest-growing search engines of the modern age.

What’s more, this new AI feature is deigned to avoid “unsubstantiated assertions.” While Brave recommends always checking principal sources for yourself in case of bias or mistakes, it’s nice to see an LLM that is first and foremost taking misinformation into account.

Another nice feature is that Brave shows its sources right under the summary, too, so it’s easy to see where it’s drawing its information from.

The cat’s out of the bag with all these new LLM features, and it might be reasonable to suggest that a new era of Internet use is here. The question on my mind is whether or not our antiquated privacy laws (and even more Draconian copyright laws) can keep up.

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