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Is Animating Dead Relatives with AI Cathartic or Creepy? Yes.


Russell Quinn was eating breakfast and scrolling Twitter when he came across “Deep Nostalgia,” a new service from Israeli DNA genealogy company MyHeritage and deep learning startup D-ID that turns “historic photos” into short animated videos. The tool went viral shortly after its February 25 launch, with shifting black-and-white portraits of historic figures and ancestors flooding timelines, and celebrities like Jake Tapper and Ian McKellan reveling in its uncanny novelty. As of March 16th, the app has been used to create more than 53 million animations.

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