This creepy AI tool lets you animate your ancestors

deepfake nostalgia
(Image credit: My Heritage)

There's good news if you've wondered what your great-great-grandmother looked like when pulling a frown, or how much cheerier Victorian-era photos would look if their subjects actually cracked a smile. A new deepfake tool from ancestry site MyHeritage, aptly called Deep Nostalgia, is here to satisfy your creepy needs.

The tool, which you can play about with on the brand's website, adds moving expressions to photos from a template of pre-recorded facial movements, finding the best one for the photo uploaded. That the service is absolutely free provides great marketing for My Heritage, although for any photographic creatives out there you'd probably be better off with our guide to the best photo-editing software.

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Giacomo Lee

Giacomo is a writer and talking head who has covered creativity and creative tools for Wallpaper*, Digital Arts, Creative Boom, VICE, Little White Lies, the BBC and more. Giacomo has also hosted for Adobe and D&AD, and judged the annual New Blood Awards. He was deputy editor of Creative Bloq for a short time in 2021.