Brave, a Web3 browser, launched a new “summarizer” feature in its search engine that is powered by different large-language models (LLMs) unlike OpenAI’s GPT tech, reports TechCrunch.
The new feature is available for all users and could be accessed via any browser with any operating system.
The Summarizer provides concise and to-the-point answers at the top of Brave Search results pages in response to the user’s input, solely based on web search results, according to the company.
“Unlike a purely generative AI model, which is prone to spout unsubstantiated assertions, we trained our large language models (LLMs) to process multiple sources of information present on the Web. This produces a more concise, accurate answer, expressed in coherent language,” said Brave in a blog post.
Additionally, the provenance of original sources of data is cited at all times via links, which maintains the rightful attribution of information and helps users assess the trustworthiness of the sources, both of which are needed to mitigate the authority biases of large language models, explained Brave.
Users, who do not want to use summarizer can easily turn it off by opting out in search, the company indicated.
Real-time, up to date information
The company claimed that the summarizer is capable of providing real-time information that is up to date with today’s events. However, the company also suggested to the users not to completely rely upon the responses from the AI,
“At the risk of stating the obvious, we should not suspend critical thinking for anything we consume, no matter how impressive the results of AI models can be,” stated the company.
The company claimed that given the current advancements in AI, it’s crucial to remind users that one should not believe everything an AI system produces, in much the same way one should not believe everything that is published on the Web.
In addition to generating summaries of web page content, the new AI technology is capable of replacing query-dependent snippets with a summarized version that highlights the answer to the user’s query, helping them quickly and easily find the information they are looking for without having to read through long, irrelevant descriptions.
The company believes this feature enhances the user experience by streamlining the search process and providing more accurate and efficient results.
Brave will block ‘open in app’ prompts
The privacy-focused browser will block “open in app” prompts and ensure better protection against pool-party attacks.
“Starting in upcoming version 1.49 (Android and desktop) and already available since version 1.44 for iOS, Brave will hide “open in app” annoyances that appear on many websites. The links are annoying; they prompt you with unrelated questions when you’re trying to browse the Web,” stated Brave in a blog post.
With this move, Brave is taking a proactive approach to protecting its users’ privacy and providing them with greater control over their browsing experience.
This decision comes after concerns were raised that these prompts can be privacy-harming when encouraging users to switch to native apps that collect more data than mobile websites. Brave has instead implemented a filter list called “Fanboy’s Mobile Notifications List” to hide these prompts and give users a better browsing experience that respects their privacy.
Users who prefer to see these prompts can still enable the feature by turning off the filter list in the settings.