Historical figures brought to life with AI technology

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The seemingly-magical animated portraits of Harry Potter are here.

Artbreeder is an app that uses computer (artificial intelligence – AI) technology to generate and modify images of faces, landscapes, and paintings, among other categories.

In May 2020, Dutch digital artist Bas Uterwijk began using Artbreeder to create realistic recreations of various historical figures.

In the video below, employing colorization and animation, Uterwijk brought to life black-and-white portraits and statues of historical individuals, including Marcus Aurelius, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mona Lisa, Rembrandt, William Shakespeare,  Statue of Liberty,  Vincent Van Gogh, and Jesus Christ.


I had a GIF made from the video of the AI-animated portrait of Christ:


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3 years ago

Thank you Dr, E for sharing this remarkable technology with us. Absolutely fascinating!

3 years ago

No, just no. Overall, very poor likenesses, with a few exceptions. It’s encouraging to know that even with all their technology, they aren’t very good at this.

Tim Shey
3 years ago

Dr. Eowyn:

I discovered Wayne Jett a short while ago. He is a treasure of American economic history. Here is an interview with David Rodriguez and Wayne Jett:

History of the Global Elite – Wayne Jett
History of the Global Elite 101 w Wayne Jett – YouTube