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Google is reportedly working on a project that lets AI models tell someone's “life story.”

Project Ellmann, named after biographer and literary critic Richard David Ellmann, will take users’ search results and photos to make a chatbot able to answer “previously impossible questions.”

CNBC saw documents presenting Ellmann and said the goal is to present a “bird’s-eye” approach to a person’s life. Ellmann allegedly categorizes moments into chapters: for example, the “college” chapter or the “becomes a parent” chapter. People could use Ellmann to ask questions like “did I have a pet,” or “when did my sibling last visit.”
Google tells The Verge that Ellmann was an early internal experiment. “Google Photos has always used AI to help people search their photos and videos,” the company said. It added if they decide to roll out features like Ellmann they would “take the time needed to ensure they were helpful and designed to protect users’ privacy.”

Personally, this type of hyperpersonalization is lost on me because I have a good enough memory of my life that I wish I could forget certain moments.