It has been a few years now that the technology “Deepfake“Is present in our daily life and we particularly remember a (false) speech by Barack Obama in 2017, which was actually developed by an artificial intelligence. A technique that is specifically aimed at overlaying existing audio and video files on other videos so that, for example, Tom Cruise can take on the role of Iron Man instead of Robert Downey Jr.
Deepfake at MyHeritage too
In the past few days the famous MyHeritage site, a paid genealogy platform founded in 2003, has given Internet users a new feature called Deep nostalgia. The latter promises “Give life“To a photo, for example to enable a user to animate the photo of a family member who died decades ago.
According to MyHeritage: “The remarkable technology for animating photos has been licensed to MyHeritage from D-ID, a company that specializes in video reconstruction using deep learning. MyHeritage incorporated this technology to animate faces in historical photos and create high quality, realistic video footage.“Once the photo is uploaded, it literally comes to life on the screen … and that can be very unsettling.
Victor Hugo was born on the 7th Ventôse year X in Besançon by MyHeritage pic.twitter.com/78Ss7uScX0
– Sandrine December (@sandrindecembre) February 26, 2021
The manners with which the footage was created are real human gestures. This is a technological simulation of how the person in the photo would have moved and looked if they had been recorded on video. The technology makes it possible to simulate teeth or even ears if necessary. In addition to their ancestors, some internet users have obviously enjoyed bringing iconic photos to life, such as those of Albert Einstein, Victor Hugo, and Beaudelaire, but it works with certain paintings as well. The proof in the video below.
😲 The MyHeritage genealogy app gets a lot of attention with a feature that brings old photos to life.
🖼 And it also works with paintings like here with Courbet, Rembrandt, Vigée Le Brun and the girl with the pearl earring.
❓ So, great or scary ?! pic.twitter.com/LQT4SAsl0l
– Cultivate (@CulturezYou) February 28, 2021
This new feature is “free” and unlimited for those with a full MyHeritage subscription. However, others can try the feature on some photos, but you’ll need to create an account. In terms of privacy, MyHeritage makes that promise. ” Animation and sublimation take place on MyHeritage servers, and neither photos nor videos are shared with third parties“.