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Genealogy website uses AI software to bring old photos to life: NPR

Genealogy site MyHeritage has launched a service called Deep Nostalgia. The feature rocks old photographs and social media has gone crazy for it.



NOEL KING, HOST:

A new feature on a genealogy website can bring photos of your ancestors to life. This is called deep nostalgia. It is launched by myheritage.com. You upload an image and artificial intelligence software brings the image to life.

RAFI MENDELSOHN: He can look at you. It blinks. It smiles. It allows the head to move from side to side. And that, you know, looks pretty much like a normal person as they pose for a picture.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Rafi Mendelsohn is with myheritage.com and says Deep Nostalgia had nearly 5 million users in its first five days.

MENDELSOHN: What he does is he really brings your ancestry to life in a really jaw-dropping kind of moment.

KING: People on social media testify that it’s amazing. It’s amazing. It’s a little scary.

MENDELSOHN: I think, for some, yes. But at a very initial level, when we see our users interacting with it, we often see the response of, I need to get more images. And so people contact their family members. They’re trying to find these pictures in their basement, you know, in a warehouse. And that sparks a conversation and is the doorway to family history.

INSKEEP: Or just a doorway to craziness. A user animated Michelangelo’s famous statue, “David”. Someone else brought a terrified face to life on a ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ movie poster. And others couldn’t resist using famous paints.

MENDELSOHN: I don’t think I saw “Mona Lisa” the same way. And I think that’s also been applied quite creatively, as you only see sometimes on social media. So whatever brings them to use it, we’re happy.

KING: So who would you like to blink and smile at?

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