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A Florida Museum Has Created A Deepfake Version Of Salvador Dalí That Can Interact With Guests—And It's Truly Surreal

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Deepfakes have been getting quite a bit of coverage lately, but most of those stories focus on the negative implications of the technology—or the vaguely disturbing—but there is potential for some pretty amazing things too.

An excellent example of this is a new project of The Dalí Museum: an interactive experience where museum-goers can learn more about Dalí by talking to him.

The project led to a new permanent exhibit throughout the museum called Dalí Lives.

A series of human-sized screens have been placed around the museum that allow patrons to interact with an AI recreation of Dalí himself.

The AI was trained with actual footage of Dalí, and uses his actual words—speaks as he would.

Nathan Shipley, technical director of the project, said:

"In order to actually train this AI to reproduce Dalí's likeness, we started with finding the right footage of Dalí."
"Our system learns exactly what he looks like, and how his mouth moves, and how his eyes move, and his eyebrows and every little detail about what makes Dalí Dalí."

This required an amazing amount of time and effort on the part of the creative team behind Dalí Lives. Hours spent finding the best frames of video for the AI to learn his appearance and mannerisms, and more hours researching his quotes and manner of speaking.

Jeff Goodby, co-chair and partner of advertising agency Goodby Silverstein and Partners, described Dalí Lives:

"This is actually a recreated version of Dalí."
"It's not a person playing Dalí with makeup. It is actually Dalí."
"We're very careful to use his words, so that you learn a lot about what he thought and the way he thought."

You can view amazing footage of the recreation of Dalí below:

Behind the Scenes: Dali Lives

This isn't just a video of the artist that plays every time someone presses the button on the screen, it is a series of possible interactions that play out in response to the patrons themselves.

A patron could interact with Dalí Lives multiple times, over multiple visits, without necessarily repeating a conversation.

One thing that is consistent, though, is the experience as patrons exit the exhibit. As they say goodbye to Dalí, he asks them if they would like to take a photo together with him.

If they agree, the image of Dalí produces a smartphone and proceeds to take a selfie with the guests.

This photo will then be sent to them via SMS, an especially creative bit of memorabilia.

Social media response to the announcement of Dalí Lives was mixed, but largely positive.

If you are a fan of Dalí, or of machine learning and AI, it might be time to plan a trip to St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dalí Lives is a permanent exhibit, so he's not going away anytime soon. If you want to visit The Dalí Museum, you can buy tickets on their website.

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The 32-year-old actress – who portrays Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains (that's one character) – did what was necessary to convincingly portray the chilling moment as she spoke in Dothraki and Valyrian.

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Twitter user Francesca claimed she was driving home from Pennsylvania State University when she was stopped for speeding.

“I got pulled over… for the first time ever and when asked why I was going 99 in a 70 I was dangerously close to admitting I was bangin out to Halsey’s new song Nightmare,” she said on social media.

“What’s your Venmo. I’ll pay your ticket. Drive safely please!” Halsey said on Twitter.

The singer’s music video for Nightmare, starring Debbie Harry and Cara Delevingne, was released on May 16, and has already reached over 15.5 million views on YouTube.

The original tweet was liked over 4,000 times, and caught the attention of Halsey herself, who transferred Francesca 250 US dollars for the ticket.

Needless to say the interaction has gotten quite a lot of attention. We all stan a queen that supports her fans as much as they support her.

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A woman in New York has been praised by police for alerting them to a possible suicide attempt after she mistook a closed umbrella for a person wearing a "Handmaid's Tale" costume. Casey McCormick tweeted she thought she saw “a woman dressed as a handmaid about to jump from a building” and called 911.

The sighting turned out to be a table umbrella which, from a distance, looked much like a handmaid from the seminal Margaret Atwood novel "The Handmaid’s Tale".

The New York Police Department’s news account made it clear on Twitter that McCormick had done the right thing in alerting the authorities.

“Blessed be the umbrella. Thank you Casey and the @POPSUGAR team for alerting us to this crime, glad we could save the day,” they tweeted. “Jokes aside, if you’re ever hesitant about calling 911 – don’t be! We take all calls seriously, and worse case we get to go home with a great story.”

“Better safe than sorry!” one Twitter user replied.


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"Back in the day I had a little porn addiction," the 47-year-old admitted, but emphasized, "I wasn't in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness."

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