The genealogy site MyHeritage has unveiled a new AI tool that turns images of deceased relatives into scary videos.
The DeepNostalgia feature is powered by technology developed by the Israeli technology company D-ID. MyHeritage says it uses multiple drivers to animate faces:
Each driver is a video that consists of a fixed sequence of movements and movements. Deep Nostalgia can very accurately apply the drivers of a face in your still image, creating a short video that you can share with friends and family. The driver guides the movements in the animation, so you can see your ancestors smile, blink and turn their heads.
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I would like to have the chance to talk to my grandparents again. But I’m uncomfortable with reviving them digitally without their consent.
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MyHeritage states that DeepNostalgia does not generate speech to prevent people from using it to create deep fake videos. But the company created a voice for a revived Abraham Lincoln.
Although the feature produced speech for the people in the pictures, it would not be an accurate representation of who they really are. As Neural editor Tristan Greene previously said:
An AI that mimics them is no more accurate or powerful than just asking someone to perform an imitation: it’s not the real thing no matter how skilled the imitator is.
Still, I’m not willing to test the technology on myself. There is no whose company I like more.
However, I was a little worried about MyHeritage’s overview of data when and incomprehensible contracts. But my curiosity tamed me gently.
After seeing the feature turn me into a spectacle-eyed monster, I was glad I did not send someone I cared about to the eerie valley.
Despite my own concerns, digital resurrection is fast becoming mainstream.
In just the last few months, Microsoft has patented a chatbot that lets you talk to the dead, a brewery used a deep fake of a deceased singer in a new advertising campaign, and an AI recreation of a Korean pop star performed a ballad on TV.
Technology may not be able to die back to life, but it can probably make a lot of money on them – and the people who miss them.
Published February 26, 2021 – 19:56 UTC