Artist's AI images of much-missed icons are surprisingly moving

We've seen all kinds of incredible creative content produced using AI image generation in recent months, from photo-realistic portraits of people who don't exist to surreal genre mashups. And as if that weren't already astonishing enough, someone's putting AI image enhancement to a fascinating new use, and with incredible results.

Ever wondered what a departed celeb might look like today? Well, a Turkish artist is trying to find out, using AI-based tools to envision what late celebrities would look like were they still alive. That might sound a little creepy, and perhaps it is, but the resulting images are also very moving. For more on how the technology works, see our guide to how to use DALL-E 2.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.