Deep Nostalgia uses AI to animate pictures, including black and white photos from the past. When you look at what they are able to create from those old still photographs, it’s like looking at a video of the individual.
Photographs are like a little piece of history that allows us to look into the past. Some of those pictures may be personal, such as our grandparents or maybe even our great-grandparents. Others, however, have historical significance such as pictures of scientists, presidents, musicians, and authors.
There is now a company that focuses on DNA testing but is helping people to rediscover history in a very unique way. They are using artificial intelligence to animate pictures of people, even if they have been gone for many years.
Deep Nostalgia uses AI to animate pictures, including black and white photos from the past. When you look at what they are able to create from those old still photographs, it’s like looking at a video of the individual. They shift their gaze from one side to another, blink their eyes and make it look as if the person is part of a little movie.
A number of drivers work to animate the image once it is uploaded to the MyHeritage platform. The drivers each have their own job, creating various gestures and movements to make the individual in the picture look as if they are animated.
Of course, people have different opinions of how they view the finished product, and even MyHeritage says that some people will find it to be creepy. When all is said and done, however, it creates a little video that can be shared with family and friends.
Here are some of the videos that people are sharing of those re-created images:
My great great grandmother, Louisa Roakes (1871-1942), animated using the Deep Nostalgia tool on @MyHeritage #Genealogy #MyHeritage #DeepNostalgia pic.twitter.com/mb9b9uQdwi
— Nathan Dylan Goodwin (@NathanDGoodwin) February 25, 2021
#MyHeritage re-animated my grandma Anny (here 16 years old in 1936) and now I’m crying tears of joy, hope, thankfulness, longing & regrets 😍😢💔 pic.twitter.com/uXtjBz2UZV
— Susanne Wosnitzka 🍹 #TeamStrobl (@Donauschwalbe) February 27, 2021
Its so bizarre to see him brought to life- I never met my Grandad, however I used to imagine a young soldier stood by my doorway smiling just before I fell asleep. 💚
.#historytwitter #grandad #myheritage pic.twitter.com/V3lylcTKm1
— Nearlyknowledgeablehistory (@Nearlyknowledg1) March 3, 2021
My great grandfather David Edwards born 1889 died 1943 picture prior to 1920 #DeepNostalgia #MyHeritage pic.twitter.com/067YYUjabg
— Heather Brant 💙 (@hetty72) March 1, 2021
This is crazy. @myheritage has an AI that animates still photos Harry Potter style. Here’s an old photo of my grandma ~1936. pic.twitter.com/3o76SX5isP
— Greg (เกร็ก) (@BkkGreg) February 27, 2021
So glad to see finally #AlanTuring “alive”! Makes me feel even more connected to computer science and #AI. Via @MyHeritage https://t.co/FKYlBHELAR pic.twitter.com/lWbsYzcvR3
— Kristian Kersting (@kerstingAIML) February 27, 2021
I tried animating this picture of Twain I colorized a while back. Used the new feature on the MyHeritage app. pic.twitter.com/Y5W7trHg31
— Randall Stephens (@Randall_Stps) February 27, 2021
Haven’t we always wanted to come face to face with Oscar Wilde? Now we can and see him blink! #MyHeritage #OscarWilde pic.twitter.com/xV8PgOE1E1
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) March 1, 2021
We deserve more time to appreciate the magnificent, historic impact of legends like Frederick Douglass, as provided by @Afromanticist & @MyHeritage
Extend #BlackHistoryMonth to every month with February 2.0 #cancelmarch pic.twitter.com/Q9qCnSqBWT
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) February 28, 2021
Deep Nostalgia by @MyHeritage is a lot of fun. Here are results by Time-Travel Rephotography x Deep Nostalgia.
Time-Travel Rephotography: https://t.co/qkUwJ8P2Eb
Deep Nostalgia API: https://t.co/mQSCNDl8dh pic.twitter.com/6ncItlrDVQ
— Xuan Luo (@XuanLuo14) February 27, 2021
AI-generated living portrait of Marie Curie using @MyHeritage #DeepNostalgia @Mariecurie_alum @MSCActions @MCAA_WB @MCAA_RoCur pic.twitter.com/5qTtdbmW2l
— Ornela Bardhi (@ornelabardhi) March 1, 2021
Charles Dickens in colour and moving! This is pretty amazing. @MyHeritage #DeepNostalgia pic.twitter.com/m7zUxSlCah
— Dr Emily Bell (@EmilyJLB) February 28, 2021