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An 87-year-old woman pulls a Tony Stark by giving a speech at her funeral via AI-powered holograph

An 87-year-old woman pulls a Tony Stark by giving a speech at her funeral via AI-powered holograph
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  • A Tech firm from LA, StoryFile, creates a digital hologram of an individual before their death.
  • StoryFile creates a digital clone of a subject by using 20 synchronized cameras and 3D video technology.
  • The company also worked with Star Trek star William Shatner.
  • Currently, StoryFile technology is available to the public for £39.99 (₹3,844.69).
A holocaust campaigner, Marina Smith passed away in June at the age of 87. Still, she was able to appear and talk to mourners at her own funeral, thanks to AI-powered ‘Holographic’ video technology.
Marina Smith was able to appear as a hologram shortly after her cremation in Babwoth, Nottingham, on July 29. She just does not appear as a holographic image, she gave a brief speech about her life and spirituality. Her holographic avatar even responded to questions from family members attending the ceremony.
All this was made possible by the Los Angeles-based AI company, StoryFile. Founded in 2017 by Heather Maio-Smith and Stephen D. Smith, children of Marina Smith. In an interview with BBC, Stephen D. Smith said that this technology aims to have a conversation with dead people, ‘as if they are there, and they will answer you.’ Further, he said, this technology helped him to bring his mother's thoughts and aspects of her life to the people who loved her most. He also added that his mother’s words were her own and not the creation of artificial intelligence.
StoryFile creates a digital clone of a subject before death using 20 synchronized cameras, 3D video technology, depth kits, and state-of-the-art sound equipment. The subject answers the set of questions for hours and then experts process the footage and use it to train AI to respond to these questions naturally.
Once the process is complete, the final video is uploaded to the StoryFile platform, which can be used for interaction after the individual has passed away.
People who attend the funeral can speak with their deceased loved ones in real-time as technology creates a holographic image of a dead person.
According to StoryFile developers, this is possible with the help of all connected devices, and 3D augmented reality and virtual reality systems.
The StoryFile technology is available to the public for £39.99 (₹3,844.69).
Similar to this, Seattle-based startup Lalo has launched its death tech-driven app that offers an intimate space to remember passed loved ones, preserving memories by using videos, pictures, and texts.
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