Ask him anything: William Shatner’s life story to live on through AI

Actor William Shatner, best known for forging new frontiers on the “Star Trek” TV series, has tapped new technology that will give current and future generations the chance to query him about his life, family and career. Shatner, who turned 90 on Monday, spent more than 45 hours over five days recording answers to be used in an interactive video created by Los Angeles-based company StoryFile. “This is a legacy,” Shatner said. “This is like what you would leave your children, what you’d leave on your gravestone, the possibilities are endless.”

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William Shatner is celebrating his 90th birthday in a way that would impress even Captain Kirk.

Storyfile is set to launch in June 2021. The technology used to to deliver interactive storytelling includes the patented “Artificially Intelligent Interactive Memories System” on Conversa, which uses natural language processing and other innovative technologies. “William Shatner is going where no one has gone before,” said StoryFile Co-Founder and CEO Heather Maio-Smith. “Generations in the future will be able to have a conversation with him. Not an avatar, not a deep fake, but with the real William Shatner answering their questions about his life and work. This changes the trajectory of the future — of how we experience life today, and how we share those lessons and stories for generations to come.”

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Through artificial intelligence, StoryFile creates immersive story experiences.

As we integrate new technologies into our lives, we are changing our lives as well as changing the world around us. Entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and inventors are increasingly focused on how these technologies might impact us.The machines also can be equipped with technology to enable interaction with recorded holograms of historical figures or relatives who have passed away. From telling your personal stories to learning from experts, StoryFile gives everyone the ability to engage in intimate, interactive and natural conversations with people you normally would not have the chance to talk to.

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How to visit Santa using the magic of Zoom, streaming video or even AI.

Heather Maio-Smith, the company’s chief executive, says the inspiration for Ask Santa came to her when her local Home Depot’s Christmas decorations triggered the thought that many kids would likely have to forgo Santa visits this year. From then, it was a matter of a few weeks before StoryFile put the pieces in place for an interactive AI Santa with whom kids can discuss topics including his favorite reindeer and how he planned to protect himself from the coronavirus during his Christmas Eve travels.

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AI Santa is coming to town!

For children around the world, meeting Santa might not be possible due to the pandemic. Tech company StoryFile might have the answer. It has come up with an A.I. alternative, creating a website where children can ask Santa questions online instead.

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Artificial intelligence is preserving our ability to converse with Holocaust survivors even after they die, thanks to StoryFile.

Survivors of the Holocaust now have the chance to preserve their stories in a way that allows them to directly answer future generations’ questions about their experiences. Heather Maio came up with the idea for this project. She had worked on exhibits featuring Holocaust survivors for years and wanted future generations to have the same opportunity to interact with them as she’d had. “I wanted to talk to a Holocaust survivor like I would today,” Maio said. “With that person sitting right in front of me and we were having a conversation.”

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Talk to Santa from the comfort of your own home.

Hollywood-based StoryFile launched Ask Santa, a free interactive web program that allows children and their parents to converse with Saint Nick himself. The website’s voice recognition software interprets questions from users and delivers a prerecorded response culled from hours of video material. “Who better to bring Santa to them?” Maio-Smith said. “They can have the same conversations they would have had in person and for even longer.” There’s no time limit for the interactions, and Santa will readily answer a wide range of questions, from “What is your favorite color?” (red) to “How do your reindeer fly?” (Christmas magic).

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Company Offers At-Home Hologram Machines

Looking for a new way to communicate during the pandemic? A Los Angeles company has created phone booth-sized machines to beam live holograms into your living room. The device made by PORTL Inc lets users talk in real time with a life-sized hologram of another person.

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Joyce Ladner: Raising Awareness of the Civil Rights Movement

Ladner was a teenage college student when, on Aug. 28, 1963, she ended up right behind King during that famous speech. And her memories of that day — as well as what came before and after — will be part of the exhibit at the DuSable, too. Near the virtual reality experience, visitors will be able to ask questions of a voice-activated, pre-recorded video interview with Ladner, and receive answers in real time, thanks to artificial intelligence: it’s like talking to Siri or other voice-activated devices, except the answers come from a real person, speaking about real history.

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