Deep Nostalgia, provided by online genealogy company MyHeritage, uses D-ID licensed artificial intelligence to create a static image animation effect.
D-ID is building digital de-recognition technology with a focus on protecting photos and videos from being recognized by facial recognition algorithms.
It’s kind of like iOS Live Photos feature, which adds a few seconds of video to help smartphone photographers find the best shot, but Deep Nostalgia can handle photos from any camera and bring them to life.
The program uses pre-recorded videos of facial movements and is applied via video which works best for the still image in question.
The purpose seems to be to allow you to upload pictures of your deceased loved ones and watch them move in, which is a nice idea.
Users must register for a free account via MyHeritage and then upload the photo.
The process is automated, as the site optimizes the image before moving it and creating an animated file.
The site’s frequently asked questions says: The service does not provide images to any third parties, and on its home page a message appears that says: The photos uploaded without completing registration are automatically deleted to protect your privacy.
The service can only animate faces, and you can upload five photos for free via MyHeritage to try Deep Nostalgia, after which you must register for a premium account.
Recall that last year the Norwegian Consumer Council reported MyHeritage to national consumer protection and data authorities after a legal assessment of terms and conditions found the contract that customers were asked to sign was incomprehensible.
In 2018, MyHeritage suffered a massive data breach, and data from this hack was later found for sale via the dark web.
– MyHeritage (@MyHeritage) February 28, 2021