Rewind AI wants to be your AI memory with a no-snoop promise


Rewind AI sounds like every privacy regulator’s worst nightmare. But the company behind this software that records everything you do on your laptop promises not to snoop on your data.

What if there was an AI tool that could listen to everything you said, heard, and did, and could play it back to you? And you could ask it questions about it, Chat GPT-style. This is not science fiction, but Rewind AI.

Your Personal Database

Rewind AI uses your laptop’s microphone and webcam to make everything you’ve seen, said, or heard searchable. If you’ve had an important Zoom call and your boss has asked you to take action on something, but you forgot some of the details, Rewind has your back.

With Rewind AI, long gone are the days when you have to spend hours retracing your steps to find that funny YouTube video or website you visited during your lunch break.


Ask Rewind

Rewind provides not just a list of personal data, but also an assistant powered by GPT-4 that lets you ask questions and engage with what you’ve done. For example, “What did I do last Friday?” Or, “What genre of books was I browsing on Amazon yesterday?” It is billed as a 24/7 virtual assistant.

For now, the program works only on Mac laptops with Apple Silicon. iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux are not currently supported.

Rewind AI currently only works on Macs with Apple Silicon. | Picture: Rewind AI

While this limits its usability, there are clearly more privacy concerns that need to be worked out before Rewind makes its way to mobile. A laptop can be easily turned off and put to one side, while our cell phones accompany us virtually everywhere in our pockets.


The biggest challenge to Rewind AI’s success is the amount of privacy afforded to users. Software that records such personal information may well raise alarm bells. However, the company behind the tool has done a lot to mitigate these concerns.

The tool uses compression, Automated Speech Recognition (ASR), and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to gather the data. All this happens locally and is not stored on the cloud. According to Rewind AI, this means that, as a company, they do not have access to personal data, even if they are subpoenaed.


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