Microsoft Research demonstrates Lifebrowser

Our final video from TechForum is Lifebrowser, a project from Eric Horvitz that shows the potential when you harness machine learning.

Lifebrowser applies machine learning and reasoning to help people to navigate through large personal stores of their own information – including appointments, photos, their history of searching and browsing on the Web over days, months and years. The prototype learns about and infers “memory landmarks” — events and activities that people would find important and memorable — and builds a timeline around these landmarks. Once built, a user can zoom in on details of the timeline around landmarks with a “volume control” or search across the corpus of information.

I’ve seen Eric demonstrate this a few times now and it’s seriously impressive, even as a prototype and a very compelling way to navigate your digital history.