Google's AI-assisted note-taking app, renamed from Project Tailwind to NotebookLM, is now available for a limited group of users. This application, announced at I/O in May, was designed as a tool to help students organize the multiple lecture notes and documents they accumulate during their coursework.
Unlike typical chatbots that pull from a vast array of unrelated information, NotebookLM focuses on analyzing and answering questions based on the documents fed into it. Although it can draw from its wider knowledge base when needed, the primary aim is to resort first to the most recently introduced information.
This 'source-grounding' approach by Google is believed to reduce the creation of counterfactual information, although the company advises users to fact-check everything the AI reports against their own notes. While this may raise questions about time-efficiency, the system can be beneficial for those who know their material well but occasionally struggle to recall it promptly.
Google reiterates that NotebookLM is an 'experimental product,' and it's still unsure about the app's target audience. Google plans to continuously communicate with users and communities to gauge what works well and where improvements are needed, aiming to make NotebookLM a truly valuable product. However, with Google's track record of 'experiment' failures, it remains to be seen whether this product can escape the notorious 'Google Graveyard.'