Obviously, as people try to create the most creepy fake “video”, the AI-driven service called Deep Nostalgia can animate still photos and has become the main character on Twitter.
The Deep Nostalgia service provided by online genealogy company MyHeritage uses D-ID-licensed AI to produce the effect of moving still photos. This is a bit like the iOS Live Photos feature, which adds a few seconds of video to help smartphone photographers find the best photos.
But “Nostalgia” can use any camera to take photos and bring them to “life”. The program uses pre-recorded facial motion driver videos and applies the video most suitable for the still photo in question. Its intended purpose is to allow you to upload photos of your deceased relatives and watch them in “motion”
Users must register a free account on MyHeritage and then upload photos. From there, the process is automated. The website will enhance the images before animating them and creating the gif. The website’s FAQ says that it does not provide photos to any third parties and displays a message on its homepage: “Photos uploaded without completing registration will be automatically deleted to protect your privacy.”
Naturally, the program has become a meme generator on Twitter, and users are trying to push AI to the limit. An archaeologist used pictures of ancient statues, and yes, they included some blank eyes. Sorry for cheering on the nightmare in advance (but Alexander the Great is there):
“Affectionate Nostalgia” can only handle single headshots and can only animate faces, so you won’t be able to re-animate the mummies to look like they are walking (hey, I want to know, okay?) You can upload five photos to the MyHeritage website for free for “affectionate nostalgia” treatment, and then you must register for a paid account.
I want to know if it is best to keep some pictures without animation? I am very cautious about uploading photos to any site, and I think the usual privacy considerations still apply. However, if you want to try “affectionate nostalgia”, prepare yourself for a surreal experience. AI is very good.