Victoria Beckham as a Viking? MailOnline tests the “Time Machine” AI

MailOnline has tested ‘AI Time Machine’, an online tool that can turn you into a Viking, a Greek warrior, an Egyptian pharaoh or even a 1960s hippie.

MyHeritage’s new feature reimagines any adult as if they belonged to another historical era, using just a small sample of uploaded photos.

The scientific team fed photos of James Cordon, Piers Morgan and Drew Barrymore in the tool – and got some pretty hilarious results.

Corden looks groomed and ready for battle in his Viking clobber, while Morgan does a real badass Wild West bandit.

MailOnline introduced photos of James Corden, Piers Morgan and Drew Barrymore to AI Time Machine - and got hilarious results

MailOnline introduced photos of James Corden, Piers Morgan and Drew Barrymore to AI Time Machine – and got hilarious results

New look Jacques?  The Late Late Show presenter looks groomed and ready for battle in his Viking clobber

New look Jacques?  The Late Late Show presenter looks groomed and ready for battle in his Viking clobber

New look Jacques? The Late Late Show presenter looks groomed and ready for battle in his Viking clobber

Piers Morgan appears here as a legionary of the Roman Empire.  MyHeritage's new tool reimagines any adult as if they belonged to another historical era, using just a small sample of uploaded photos

Piers Morgan appears here as a legionary of the Roman Empire.  MyHeritage's new tool reimagines any adult as if they belonged to another historical era, using just a small sample of uploaded photos

Piers Morgan appears here as a legionary of the Roman Empire. MyHeritage’s new tool reimagines any adult as if they belonged to another historical era, using just a small sample of uploaded photos

American actress Drew Barrymore looks stunning as a French noblewoman, with a priceless tiara

American actress Drew Barrymore looks stunning as a French noblewoman, with a priceless tiara

American actress Drew Barrymore looks stunning as a French noblewoman, with a priceless tiara

HOW IT WORKS?

AI Time Machine uses text-to-image artificial intelligence (AI) technology to create photorealistic images of a person as they may have appeared in different periods of history.

It is based on a deep learning, text-to-image model released in 2022 called Stable Diffusion, and personalization technology licensed by MyHeritage from Astria, a company specializing in AI image generation.

Using anywhere between 10 and 25 photos of a person, AI Time Machine builds a model of that person in a variety of different poses and settings from the original input photos.

Then, from predefined themes defined at different times, he synthesizes “hyperrealistic” images of the person as a historical figure.

Available on desktop and mobile web browsers, AI Time Machine is the newest AI-based photo tool from MyHeritage, the Israeli genealogy platform launched in 2003 and which has since grown in popularity.

To use AI Time Machine, users need to head to the tool webpage and upload 10-25 photos of a single person, taken on different days and in a variety of settings, poses and angles.

The subject can be yourself or anyone else, but all photos uploaded must be of the same person and not contain anyone else in the images.

If you try the tool with someone else’s photos, the company wants you to act “responsibly” by getting their permission.

It also asks all users not to make fun of politicians by adding photos of Putin, Biden, Trump – and that strictly no photos of Nazis are allowed either.

MyHeritage also warns that nudity, photos of swimsuits or photos of minors are not allowed – “AI Time Machine should not be used on children”.

The tool requires you to upload the photos first – and only then does it require you to log in or register for a MyHeritage account.

If you decide to opt out at this point, it says photos uploaded without completing registration “are automatically deleted to protect your privacy.”

“My name is Corden.  James Corden': The British star looks polished and ready to hit the casino as a 1950s idol

“My name is Corden.  James Corden': The British star looks polished and ready to hit the casino as a 1950s idol

“My name is Corden. James Corden’: The British star looks polished and ready to hit the casino as a 1950s idol

Here, Corden appears as if he had lived in the Baroque period (between the 17th and 18th centuries)

Here, Corden appears as if he had lived in the Baroque period (between the 17th and 18th centuries)

Here, Corden appears as if he had lived in the Baroque period (between the 17th and 18th centuries)

'Prehistoric Hunter': James looks like he could shave and wash in this spooky reimagining

'Prehistoric Hunter': James looks like he could shave and wash in this spooky reimagining

‘Prehistoric Hunter’: James looks like he could shave and wash in this spooky reimagining

Wanted for treason?  Morgan gives a tough stare as a menacing-looking bandit from the Wild West

Wanted for treason?  Morgan gives a tough stare as a menacing-looking bandit from the Wild West

Wanted for treason? Morgan gives a tough stare as a menacing-looking bandit from the Wild West

For those who register, a model of the chosen individual is created and cast according to dozens of predefined “themes” in different historical eras.

Watermarks are added to all AI-generated images to distinguish them from genuine photos, which could otherwise contribute to online misinformation.

It typically takes 30 minutes to two hours to create results from the original input images; therefore, users will receive an email when they are ready.

Images can be uploaded in sets of eight or individually, for easy sharing on social networks like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook.

The feature is free at launch for a limited introductory period (with a limit of one template and 50 themes per user, totaling 400 images).

However, past this limit, it will become a paid feature. MyHeritage said it would reveal exact pricing details in the near future.

Barrymore also appears as a Viking with an attractive set of horns.  If you want to try the tool, you must first upload the photos - and only then does it require you to log in or register for a MyHeritage account

Barrymore also appears as a Viking with an attractive set of horns.  If you want to try the tool, you must first upload the photos - and only then does it require you to log in or register for a MyHeritage account

Barrymore also appears as a Viking with an attractive set of horns. If you want to try the tool, you must first upload the photos – and only then does it require you to log in or register for a MyHeritage account

Piers Morgan, meanwhile, looks neater than ever as French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte

Piers Morgan, meanwhile, looks neater than ever as French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte

Piers Morgan, meanwhile, looks neater than ever as French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte

Here, AI Time Machine user “Nathan” appears reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, Viking, Roman army general and more. The left is one of the original input images

To use AI Time Machine, you need to go to the tool's webpage and upload 10-25 photos of the subject, taken on different days and in a variety of settings, poses, and angles.

To use AI Time Machine, you need to go to the tool's webpage and upload 10-25 photos of the subject, taken on different days and in a variety of settings, poses, and angles.

To use AI Time Machine, you need to go to the tool’s webpage and upload 10-25 photos of the subject, taken on different days and in a variety of settings, poses, and angles.

It typically takes 30 minutes to two hours to create results from the original input images;  users will receive an email when they are ready.

It typically takes 30 minutes to two hours to create results from the original input images;  users will receive an email when they are ready.

It typically takes 30 minutes to two hours to create results from the original input images; users will receive an email when they are ready.

AI Time Machine user 'Silvia' appears reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, queen, astronaut and more.  The left is one of his original entry images

AI Time Machine user 'Silvia' appears reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, queen, astronaut and more.  The left is one of his original entry images

AI Time Machine user ‘Silvia’ appears reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, queen, astronaut and more. The left is one of his original entry images

AI Time Machine follows Deep Nostalgia, another online tool released last year which animates old photos of deceased family members or historical figures.

Examples include Queen Victoria, American writer Mark Twain and English nurse Florence Nightingale.

Anyone can use the tool on the Deep Nostalgia Webpage by uploading or dragging and dropping an image – although, similarly, to see the results, you’ll need a MyHeritage account.

In 2020, the company released both MyHeritage Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color, which upscale and colorize black-and-white and faded-color photos, respectively.

AN AI TOOL SEEMS TO BRING THE DEAD TO LIFE

Genealogy website MyHeritage unveiled a bizarre new online tool earlier in 2021 that can animate old photos of deceased family members.

Free Deepfake technology, called Deep Nostalgia, takes any photo and animates the subject’s face – with eerily realistic and unsettling results.

Examples provided by MyHeritage show historical figures, including Queen Victoria, Mark Twain and Florence Nightingale, brought to life.

Deep Nostalgia was developed by researchers from the Israeli company D-ID, which specializes in video reconstruction using deep learning.

Anyone can use the tool on the Deep Nostalgia Webpage by uploading or dragging and dropping an image – although to see the results you will need a MyHeritage account.

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