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AI technology turns recollected memories into photographs

Photographs are an essential aspect of people’s lives because they capture the moments we want to cherish for personal keepsakes and for posterity for future generations. Now, in the age of technology, almost anything is possible, including generating images without the use of a camera device.

Artificial intelligence has long proven its aiding capabilities in terms of human usage, easing the workload by providing assistance as needed. In this case, images can now be generated using AI tools by simply providing recollected memories as data.

To make this possible, Domestic Data Streamers launched a project called Synthetic Memories. According to them, “A Synthetic Memory is a digitally reconstructed representation of a personal memory created with Generative Artificial Intelligence (GEN-AI) technologies. It recreates a past visual experience that might have faded, changed, or been forgotten over time.”

One excellent example of this comes from the memory of Maria, an 84-year-old woman from Barcelona, who vividly recounted to the researchers from Domestic Data Streamers how she used to peek through their balcony as a child, trying to look for her father, who was held prisoner in the opposite prison from their house. While she continues to retell her childhood memory, these descriptions were then input through the AI generator recreating the scene from Maria’s memory and turning it into a photo.

AI technology enables generation of photos from recollected memories
Photo Credit: Synthetic Memories

According to the founder of Domestic Data Streamers, Pau Garcia, the result of the trials they made with this project never fails to amaze him and the people they have conducted the study on. With memories present only in mind, they were now able to hold onto it and share it with others. He noted that the reactions were always pleasant whenever the people saw the results, “It happens every time. It’s like, ‘Oh! Yes! It was like that!’.”

With this, people who are far from their homes or the older generation, who were not able to capture the beauty of life they once lived, can now achieve it through technologies like this and researchers who continue to strive for the development of humanity.


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