AI brings photos of Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie to life

March 3, 2021 0 By boss


Artificial intelligence is turning old pictures of people into short, animated clips that show them moving and blinking. The feature, called Deep Nostalgia, comes from genealogy company MyHeritage. It uses machine learning to create facial expressions and movements that look super realistic, Tom’s Guide reported Tuesday. 

In a blog post, MyHeritage shared social media posts from users who were thrilled to see their loved ones who’d passed come to life, if only for a few moments. The clips show the people in black-and-white or faded photos tilting their heads and looking around.

People also had fun bringing historical figures to life, including Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln and The Beatles.

Live Science shared clips of other historical figures like Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie moving around. 

Amelia Earhart smiles and blinks at the camera in a Deep Nostalgia animation. 

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Marie Curie glances around somewhat inquisitively. 

Live Science/MyHeritage

Whether or not you find this tool to be creepy (and you’d be totally justified in thinking it is), it’s arguably quite amusing to see these pieces of the past come to life. MyHeritage said that in the first 48 hours after the tool launched late last month, more than 1 million photos were animated. 

“Users have responded with wonder and emotion: some were awed to see ancestors they’d never met — some from over 100 years ago — move, blink, and smile, while others were moved to tears witnessing their lost loved ones in motion after so many years with only still photos to remember them by,” the company wrote.


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