If you have seen the curious Deep Nostalgia videos surfacing from MyHeritage you may be surprised to see how convincing they can be. They can be useful in building empathy for people who came before, but they can also mislead. Einstein in one example I saw looked soulless and empty, looking around like he was confused and suffering from delusion. Something to keep in mind is that there is a significant limitation to this technology - it doesn't know the person in the image, how they move, how they smile, or their expressions and what made them tick.
I've uploaded a photo of myself as an example of this limitation. I was curious to know my emotional response to seeing myself animated, and I admit that I found it deeply unsettling. I am always somewhat unsettled by my appearance from a camera and how different it is to my own self-perception, and from what I see in the mirror. But what I found unsettling was that in this case, it wasn't me.
I don't see this technology going away, and part of me thinks it can be really good, but we must keep in mind that there is no substitute for the memories we have of people, the best and worst of them, and the value they hold to ourselves.
Curious to try it? You can try for yourself at www.myheritage.com/deep-nostalgia
You will have to make a free login on myheritage to do so
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