Brave Search has incorporated a new AI-powered tool called Summarizer, which gives a summarized answer to an entered question before the rest of the search results.

Brave Search is a rapid growth privacy-centric internet search engine that allows users to search the web anonymously without being tracked.

Artificial intelligence is currently revolutionizing research, already with Microsoft incorporation an improved version of ChatGPT in its Bing and Google search engine planning to do the same in the near future with its own AI model named Bard.

Unlike how these AI models work, which often generate inaccurate and unsubstantiated answers, Brave’s Summarizer was trained to get its data solely from web search results.

Summarizer response to user query
Summary response to a user query
Source: BleepingComputer

Additionally, the tool includes citations for the data sources used to generate an answer, allowing users to decide on the reliability of the summary.

“Unlike AI chat tools that can provide fabricated answers, the Summarizer generates a plain text summary at the top of the search results page, aggregating the latest sources across the web and providing source attribution for transparency and responsibility” – Brave.

Additionally, using recent web results to generate the summary ensures that the tool provides up-to-date data, even including updates where necessary.

Example of a summary with in-text updates
Example of a summary with in-text updates (Computer Beep)

In BleepingComputer’s tests, the Summarizer does not appear at the top of search results when performing simple queries, but rather when searching for the answer to a particular question.

Besides the summary at the top of the search results, the tool will also replace the standard result snippets with a summary version that will in theory better highlight the answer to the user’s query.

Editing text snippets below search results
Editing text snippets below search results (Brave)

Brave claims that Summarizer does not impact the privacy-protecting nature of its search tool and assures that it was created based on the same data protection principles that underpin all products. BraveSoftware.

The tool does not use ChatGPT or any of the publicly available generative AI APIs, but instead includes three major language models that have been trained on separate tasks, namely:

  1. Answering questions – the model tries to extract answers from text snippets.
  2. Result classification – categorize candidate results based on various criteria such as hate speech, vulgar writing, and spam.
  3. Processing results – Rewrite the final set of candidate text to remove repetition and improve readability.

The Brave Summarizer has been generally available to all Brave Search users on desktop and mobile platforms since yesterday, but users can disable it from Settings.

Users of Brave Search Glassesa system of special search result personalization filters, cannot yet take advantage of the Summarizer.

Brave promised to roll out the feature once the model is refined enough to generate quality results on custom Google users.


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