Artificial Intelligence taught to talk photos
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Artificial Intelligence taught to “talk” photos.

Early last year, MyHeritage, a genealogy social network, launched Deep Nostalgia, a deepfake web application that brings old photos of deceased relatives to life. The offer has gone viral, with more than 100 million uses since launch. A new tool called live history offers to add another voice.

Image source: myheritage.com

Image source: myheritage.com

Like Deep Nostalgia, to create a new presentation, users can upload a photo and use machine learning algorithms to turn it into a short animated video. MyHeritage has partnered with the Israeli D-ID project and users of the resource have been able to create a talking portrait of a relative that tells a life story. Of course, the recording doesn’t sound like the real voice of the person in the picture, but you can choose from a library of more than 140 voices with support for 31 languages. In the future, their list will be expanded.

The story of the person depicted can either be generated automatically from the genealogical resource already available, or compiled by the user himself, who must write the text in the first person – it can be divided into chapters and illustrated with additional images. The rest of the work is done automatically: combining images into a video, converting text to speech based on the selected voice model, as well as animating an image of the loved one himself with speech articulation and facial expressions. Depending on the length of the text, this all takes between 30 seconds and several minutes.

The system works equally effectively with black and white, color, or color images, and the resulting video can be further edited, if necessary, to later send to loved ones. In the future it will be possible to add subtitles and change the order of chapters. The tool is available as a freemium model – all features are unlocked by subscription.

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