Artificial intelligence is increasingly being utilized in today’s world, and now AI is being used to operate a life-sized, digital replication of legendary artist Salvador Dali. In a current article on the New Atlas website, the author examines a new attraction at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida that is taking AI to new heights.

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the 115th anniversary of Dali’s birth was observed at the Dali Museum with a special celebration. At this event, the new Dali Lives project was unveiled to the public for the first time.

Visitors to the museum can now interact with this AI-driven replica in a variety of ways, including having conversations about the weather. The artificial artist is even capable of taking a selfie photo with visitors.

The Dali Lives exhibit consists of large video screens on which a realistically sized, computer-generated Dali appears. There are three of these screens situated throughout the museum.

Salvador Dali was known for his colorful and engaging personality, and Hank Hine, the executive director at the museum says that the technology at the new exhibit will allow visitors to experience that personality.

The computer-generated version of Mr. Dali was formed by creating the face with human image synthesis-like technology, and attaching it to footage of an actual actor’s body.

When the pseudo-Dali face was formed, an artificial intelligence algorithm studied numerous interviews with the artist, in order to capture his facial movements and characteristics.

For the replica’s voice, an actor recorded more than 100 audio clips that were made from interviews with Mr. Dali.

The New Atlas article mentions how the issue of digitally recreating deceased celebrities has been debated extensively. With evolving technology, photo-realistic recreations of anyone may soon become possible.

At the Dali Museum, artificial intelligence is being utilized in a very creative and useful manner. The artist’s estate is pleased with the Dali Lives project, as are visitors to the museum.