San Francisco, March 4, 2021: What if you could make your late grandfather in an old photo look up and smile at you? This and numerous other possibilities have intrigued social media users after discovering an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered service called Deep Nostalgia that animates the faces in still photos. This new AI tool brings back photos to life! How crazy that can be?
New AI tool brings photos to life
Offered by online genealogy company MyHeritage, the Deep Nostalgia service helps users create the effect that a still photo is moving, The Verge reported on Sunday, February 28.
In its FAQ page, the company said that the technology for animating photos was licensed by MyHeritage from D-ID, a company specialising in video re-enactment using deep learning.
MyHeritage integrated this technology to animate the faces in historical photos and create high-quality, realistic video footage.
Statements by MyHeritage on the functioning of the tool
The company said that the Deep Nostalgia feature uses several drivers prepared by MyHeritage. Each driver is a video consisting of a fixed sequence of movements and gestures.
It applies the drivers to a face in a still photo, creating a short video that people can share with your friends and family.
“The driver guides the movements in the animation so you can see your ancestors smile, blink, and turn their heads. This really brings your photos to life,” MyHeritage said.
Twitterati is using the programme to generate memes of all kinds with some even applying the tool to animate ancient statues.
This feature has caught Twitter by storm where people are increasingly posting the deepfakes of their dead relatives, sometimes five to six generations older, where they become alive again.
MyHeritage said that “photos uploaded without completing signup are automatically deleted to protect your privacy.”
New AI tool brings photos to life: What should you expect to see
What you get as a result is a photo of the person moving his/her head, lips, eyes, and sometimes even lips as if they are trying to talk to you.
While the idea of infusing old photos with life seems like an interestingly lovely idea, it is creepiest at the best.
Deepfakes have emerged as an interesting way of creating some unimaginable videos where faces can be swapped. And the results look scaringly convincing.
The Deep Nostalgia tool just takes it to another level where it is allowing people to animate old photos in never-thought-before ways. Deep Nostalgia can handle single headshots at a time, so if you were looking to try this service on any other sort of photograph, it is not going to work.
People have tried bringing Alexander the Great, Socrates, and Bhagat Singh to life.
And they all look so alive in these photos, so much so that it is almost forgettable that they are not.