Google is working on the Ellmann chatbot, which will be able to learn the life stories of users

Google is working on the Ellmann chatbot, which will be able to learn the life stories of users

Google is developing Project Ellmann, which should help users get a bird’s-eye view of their life stories. The idea is to use large language models (like Gemini AI) to process different types of data from multiple sources: including search results and Google Photos. The goal is to create a personalized chatbot capable of answering “previously impossible questions” about a person’s life. The team working on the project introduced Ellmann at the company’s closed event with the comment: “Imagine opening ChatGPT, but it already knows everything about your life.”

CNBC had a presentation of the project. The publication writes that Google’s new development is named after the biographer and literary critic Richard David Elmann, who is known for his articles on James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats. Google’s Ellmann is to become the “narrator of your life” and recreate user biographies based on personal data. “We go through your photos, study their tags and locations to identify a meaningful moment. When we take a step back and understand your life in its entirety, your comprehensive story becomes clear,” the presentation reads.

Ellmann will be able to identify important moments in a person’s life: from their own birthday to the birth of their children, work and travel plans, websites and apps.

A chatbot will be able to distinguish a reunion from another holiday: “It’s been exactly 10 years since he graduated, and the photo is full of people who haven’t been seen in the last 10 years, so it’s probably a reunion.” The user can ask the chatbot: “Do I have a pet?”. To which he will answer: “Yes, a dog wearing a red raincoat.” And then he will name the dog’s nickname and the names of the two family members with whom it was most often seen.

The Register asked Google what access a user would have to give a large language model to allow it to collect personal data? But the company did not respond to this request, saying only that “Google Photos has always used artificial intelligence to help people find their photos and videos, and we are inspired by the potential of LLM programs to open up even more useful opportunities.” Now, according to official statistics, Google Photos has more than 1 billion users and 4 trillion photos and videos.

Related posts