The virtual Holocaust survivor: how history gained new dimensions

Published: June 16, 2016
Category: News

The Guardian featured New Dimensions in Testimony and quotes ICT’s David Traum about the project’s use of natural language processing software to help create an interactive version of video footage, with vocal cues triggering responses from a pool of recorded speech.
“We have to distinguish two concepts of response. Everything that is said comes directly from Pinchas. However, the decision of which recording to present as a response to a specific question is made by the technology, based on its training data of how Pinchas and other people have answered questions,” says Traum.  “In the best cases, the answers are exactly how Pinchas himself would have responded. In some cases, it may seem that he is addressing a somewhat different question, but the response itself is still his.”