How would it feel if you could talk to your past self through a videocall? Mind you, no time machine is involved or any sort of Blackmagic. It is done using AI, like anything ever cool being done now-a-days, and Natural Language Processing. This concept is proposed by a Los Angeles based AI company called StoryFile.
According to StoryFile, they are videos that talk back. Its interactive video program fields verbal questions from viewers by sorting through footage to offer the best responses.
The Star Trek Actor, William Shatner on his 90th birthday announced that he would collaborate with StoryFile and create a AI-video version of himself. Shatner is now a brand ambassador for StoryFile, which plans to publicly release the actor’s video program in May.
Imagine if you could record yourself in a way that future generations, hundreds of years from now, could talk to you — and you could talk back. That’s possible.William Shatner.
Generations in the future will be able to have a conversation with him. Not an avatar, not a deep fake, but with the real William Shatner answering their questions about his life and work,StoryFile CEO Heather Maio-Smith in an announcement.
The company uses 3D video technology, depth kits, and sound equipment to record a person. The conversational video will reportedly work with all connected devices and 3D, augmented reality, and virtual reality systems.
The way they plan to do this is by first, recording a lot of interviews with the subject. This serves as the data repository. Thereafter, when the watcher asks a question, the AI then crawls through the data repository and provides that portion of the clip as the reply. This is quite an innovative approach to preserve someone’s identity and less intrusive compared to other approaches using the social media activity as Microsoft is rumored to experiment(more here).