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'Deep Nostalgia' Can Turn Old Photos of Your Relatives Into Moving Videos


It's hard to feel connected to someone who's gone through a static photo. So a company called MyHeritage who provides automatic AI-powered photo enhancements is now offering a new service that can animate people in old photos creating a short video that looks like it was recorded while they posed and prepped for the portrait. Called Deep Nostalgia, the resulting videos are reminiscent of the Live Photos feature in iOS and iPadOS where several seconds of video are recorded and saved before and after the camera app's shutter is pressed. But where Live Photos is intended to be used to find the perfect shot and framing that may have been missed the exact second the shutter was pressed, Deep Nostalgia is instead meant to bring still shots, even those not captured on a modern smartphone, to life. The conversion process is completely automated. Users simply need to upload a photograph through the MyHeritage website where it's first sharpened and enhanced to not only improve the quality of the final animation but to also make it easier for the deep learning algorithm (created by a company called D-ID) to do its thing.

What's All The Buzz About 'Deep Nostalgia'


Bhagat Singh, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin, and other historical figures were momentarily'brought back to life' via Deep Nostalgia – an AI tool released by the genealogy website, MyHeritage. Kind of surreal to take a photo of the singularly inspiring Bhagat Singh -- a revolutionary voice in 1920s India, who was hung by the British in 1931, at the age of 24 -- run it through the Heritage AI algorithm, and see him reanimated. When Ken Burns meets Deep Fake: MyHeritage is offering a tool dubbed #DeepNostalgia, meant to animate old family pictures. Holy Darwin this #deepfake is so scary, Mr. Darwin!!#DeepNostalgia Deep Nostalgia created quite a furore of late, with animated pictures of historical figures running rife in social media.

Photos of Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie and others come alive (creepily), thanks to AI


Artificial intelligence (AI) can now transform photos of people into short, highly realistic animations, much like the moving pictures in the newspapers and posters of Harry Potter's magical world. In these AI-animated clips, faces that were once frozen in time blink, turn their heads and even smile, their movements wavering between astonishingly lifelike and deeply unsettling (and yes, downright creepy). Genealogy website MyHeritage introduced the animation engine on Feb. 25. Developed by technology company D-ID and known as Deep Nostalgia, it enables users to animate photos via the MyHeritage website, representatives said in a blog post. D-ID designed custom algorithms that recreate the naturalistic movement of human faces digitally, applying those subtle movements to photographs and modifying facial expressions that move as human faces normally do, according to the D-ID website.

You Can Upload Old Photos To This Site and Its AI Will Reanimate the People in Them


Photographs bring history to life, but one service offers a new take on the concept. MyHeritage--a company focused on DNA testing and helping discover their family history--has developed what they call Deep Nostalgia, which uses AI to animate photos of people from the past. Black and white portraits now look like video footage as the subjects shift their glances and blink their eyes. The results are mesmerizing while being a bit unsettling as we don't expect these old pictures to suddenly come alive. So, how does this incredible service work?

MyHeritage's deepfake tool animates photos of dead relatives

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Genealogy website MyHeritage has unveiled a bizarre new online tool that can animate old photos of deceased family members. The free deepfake technology, called Deep Nostalgia, takes any photo and animates the subject's face – with strangely realistic and unsettling results. Examples provided by MyHeritage show historical figures, including Queen Victoria, Mark Twain and Florence Nightingale, come to life. MyHeritage says the tech gives history'a fresh new perspective' by producing a depiction of how a person'could have moved and looked if captured on video'. It's been developed by researchers at Israel-based firm D-ID, which specialises in video reenactment using deep learning.