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 pic.twitter.com/vxWP5LnO9L Deep Nostalgia created quite a furore of late, with animated pictures of historical figures running rife in social media.
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.
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?
Almost like animated, moving portraits in the Harry Potter franchise, photos once frozen in time are being brought to life with an artificial intelligence (A.I.) program called Deep Nostalgia. The technology, which was released on February 25 by the genealogy website MyHeritage, has since gone viral. Social media users have created lifelike moving portraits of mathematician Alan Turing, abolitionist Frederick Douglass and physicist Marie Curie, reports Mindy Weisberger for Live Science. The historical figures can blink, move their heads side-to-side, and even smile. The tech is also being used to animate artwork, statues and photos of ancestors.