For his birthday, William Shatner is beaming himself up into the digital world. The Star Trek legend, who simply turned 90 years outdated on Monday, announced on Twitter that he’s collaborating with Los Angeles-based tech firm StoryFile to create an interactive AI-powered video of himself.
“That is for all my youngsters and all my youngsters’s youngsters and all my youngsters’s family members and all of the family members of the family members,” Shatner mentioned in a press release. “That is my reward to you down via time.”
The system works by filming an individual talking after which processing that footage via StoryLife’s synthetic intelligence. Heather Maio-Smith, co-founder and CEO of StoryFile, defined that the mission is “not an avatar, not a deepfake,” however is as an alternative a conversational video of the true Shatner answering questions on his life and appearing profession. StoryFile is planning to make the Shatner video out there to the general public in Might.
Shatner is the premiere persona for StoryFile Life, which can launch in June. The know-how is appropriate with all linked units in addition to VR/AR, 3D and various platforms.
“At StoryFile, we imagine each particular person’s story issues,” mentioned StoryFile Co-Founder Stephen Smith. “Who higher to indicate the world how StoryFile Life works than William Shatner, a person the world is aware of for stretching our imaginations in regards to the future and life on this universe and past. A person who has at all times generously shared the highs and lows with us, and who has mastered the artwork of storytelling.”
Shatner additionally took to Twitter to thank followers the world over for the outpouring of assist on his birthday. “Do not you folks have higher issues to do?” he mentioned. “Thanks to everybody to your nicely needs and love!”
Final yr, Shatner confirmed that he has no plans to reprise his function as James T. Kirk, saying that the captain’s story is “fairly nicely performed out at this level.” Even when he will not be coming again to the Star Trek property, plainly Shatner’s discovered a method to dwell lengthy and prosper far into the long run.
J. Kim Murphy is a contract leisure author.
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