Victoria Beckham as Viking? MailOnline tests AI ‘Time Machine’

MailOnline has experimented with the “AI Time Machine,” an online tool that can transform you into a Viking, a Greek warrior, an Egyptian pharaoh, or even a hippie from the 1960s.

The new feature from MyHeritage reimagines any adult as if they were from another historical era, simply using a small sample of uploaded photos.

The science team inserted images of James Corden, Piers Morgan, and Drew Barrymore into the tool — and got some rather hilarious results.

Corden looks poised and ready for battle in his Vikings officer, while Morgan makes a true Wild West bandit.

MailOnline fed images of James Corden, Piers Morgan and Drew Barrymore into an AI Time Machine — and got some hilarious results

James' new look?  The Late Late Show host looks good and ready for battle in his Viking cllobber

James’ new look? The Late Late Show host looks good and ready for battle in his Viking cllobber

Piers Morgan appears here as a Roman imperial legionnaire.  The new tool from MyHeritage reimagines any adult as if they were from another historical era, simply using a small sample of uploaded photos.

Piers Morgan appears here as a Roman imperial legionnaire. The new tool from MyHeritage reimagines any adult as if they were from another historical era, simply using a small sample of uploaded photos.

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

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

How it works?

AI Time Machine uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to convert text into an image to create realistic images of a person as if they were seen at different periods in 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, an AI image creation company.

Using between 10 and 25 images of a single person, AI Time Machine creates a model of that person in a variety of poses and settings that differ from the original entered images.

Then, using predetermined traits identified in different eras, he puts together “ultra-realistic” portraits of the person as a historical figure.

Available on a desktop and mobile web browser, AI Time Machine is the latest AI-driven photo tool from MyHeritage, the Israeli genealogy platform that launched in 2003 and has grown in popularity ever since.

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

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

If you’re trying to use 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 mock politicians by adding pictures of Putin, Biden and Trump – pictures of Nazis are also not allowed.

MyHeritage also warns that no nudity, swimsuit photos, or photos of minors are allowed — “AI Time Machine should not be used with children.”

The tool requires you to upload photos first – and only then makes you log in or sign up for a MyHeritage account.

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

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Here, Corden is shown as if it existed during the Baroque period (between the 17th and 18th centuries)

Here, Corden is shown as if it existed during the Baroque period (between the 17th and 18th centuries)

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Wanted for treason?  Morgan stares hard as a menacing bandit from the Wild West

Wanted for treason? Morgan stares hard as a menacing bandit from the Wild West

For those who proceed to register, a model of the chosen individual is created and displayed as in dozens of predefined “traits” set in different historical eras.

Watermarks are added to all AI-generated images to distinguish them from the original images, which can contribute to online misinformation.

It usually takes 30 minutes to 2 hours to generate the results from the original input images; Therefore, users will receive an email when they are ready.

The images can be downloaded as a set of eight or individually, for easy sharing on social media such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook.

The feature is free at launch for a limited introductory period (maximum 1 model and 50 themes per user, equaling 400 images total).

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

Barrymore is also shown as a Viking with a set of horns.  If you want to give the tool a try, you have to upload photos first - and only then will it make you log in or sign up for a MyHeritage account

Barrymore is also shown as a Viking with a set of horns. If you want to give the tool a try, you have to upload photos first – and only then will it make you log in or sign up for a MyHeritage account

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan looks leaner than ever as French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan looks leaner than ever as French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte

Here, AI Time Machine user 'Nathan' appears to be reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, a Viking, a Roman army general and more.  Left is one of the original entry images

Here, AI Time Machine user ‘Nathan’ appears to be reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, a Viking, a Roman army general and more. Left is one of the original entry images

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

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

It usually takes 30 minutes to 2 hours to generate the results from the original input images;  Users will receive an email when they are ready.

It usually takes 30 minutes to 2 hours to generate the results from the original input images; Users will receive an email when they are ready.

AI Time Machine user 'Silvia' appears to be reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, queen, astronaut, and more.  Left is one of her original entry photos

AI Time Machine user ‘Silvia’ appears to be reimagined as an Egyptian pharaoh, queen, astronaut, and more. Left is one of her original entry photos

AI Time Machine follows Deep Nostalgia, another online tool released last year that 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 an image or dragging and dropping it—though, likewise, you’ll need a MyHeritage account to see the results.

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

The AI ​​tool seems to bring the dead back to life

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

The free deepfake technology, called Deep Nostalgia, takes any photo and animates a person’s face — with realistic and oddly disturbing results.

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

Deep Nostalgia was developed by researchers at the Israel-based company D-ID, which specializes in video re-enactments using deep learning.

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

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