Strong piece of AI: what these ten deceased world stars could (could) have looked like today

Strong piece of AI: what these ten deceased world stars could (could) have looked like today
Strong piece of AI: what these ten deceased world stars could (could) have looked like today

Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger… They haven’t been with us for a long time, but Turkish photographer Alper Yesiltas has digitally brought the stars back with the help of modern AI technology. Not as we knew them when they traded the temporal for the eternal, but what the celebrities would look like today.

The collection of edited photos was given the appropriate name ‘As if nothing happened’ by the maker. The result can be seen: the snapshots of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur and seven other world stars, all of whom died way too early, look so photo-realistic that it seems as if they were taken yesterday.

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Photographer Alper Yesiltas used various software packages and AI algorithms for the digital aging process, but the artist does not reveal exactly what technology is involved. In total, Yesiltas has so far had a dozen celebrities electronically age, but there may be a few more in the future, he writes on his webpage.

In the meantime, the Turkish photographer is already thinking of other projects on which he wants to unleash his AI tricks, with working titles such as ‘Life in 2050’ and ‘Alternate Museum’.

John Lennon (1940 – 1980). The Beatle, who was murdered in 1980, would have turned 82 on October 9 this year. © Alper Yesiltas

More edited photos of deceased world stars can be found on this webpage and on Alper Yesiltas’ Instagram account.

The collection of edited photos was given the appropriate name ‘As if nothing happened’ by the maker. The result can be seen: the snapshots of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur and seven other world stars, all of whom died much too early, look so photo-realistic that it seems as if they were taken yesterday. Photographer Alper Yesiltas used for the digital The aging process involves various software packages and AI algorithms, but the artist does not reveal exactly which technology is involved. So far, Yesiltas has electronically aged a dozen celebrities, but more may be added in the future, he writes on his webpage. , with working titles such as ‘Life in 2050’ and ‘Alternate Museum’. More edited photos of deceased world stars can be found on this webpage and on the Instagram account of Alper Yesiltas.


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