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#DeepNostalgia – how animating portraits with AI is both bolstering and undoing historic painted lies

By Madeleine Pelling, Research associate in material and visual cultures of 18th-century Britain, University of York
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The AI family history app MyHeritage allows users to animate photographs from the past. Run a document through the app and it will seemingly bring it to life, making the subject’s eyes blink and look around. Many have been turning this technology on photographs and paintings of well-known historical figures. The accompanying hashtag #DeepNostalgia has flooded social media with the reanimated faces of Charles Darwin, George Washington,


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