'Magnificent': Footage Of 1911 New York City Created Using Artificial Intelligence

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A video has surfaced on the internet dubbed as 'A Trip Through New York City'  which reveals how life was like in the New York city nearly 100 years ago.

Written By Sounak Mitra | Mumbai | Updated On:

A video which is currently doing rounds on internet, dubbed as 'A Trip Through New York City', reveals how life was like for New Yorkers nearly 100 years ago. According to the reports, the footage was originally captured by a Swedish film production company Svenska Biografteatern which includes tourist hotspots like the Statue of Liberty and Fifth Avenue. The updated footage of the video was shared by YouTuber Denis Shiryaev on his account. The video was shared with a caption, "Restored with neural networks 1911 New York footage taken by the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern on a trip to America". 

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AI algorithms used to enhance clarity

As per the reports, the neural network-powered AI algorithms were used to enhance the footage so that all the images appear clearer, sharper, brighter and coloured. The technologies like this is freely available online including  Topaz Labs' Gigapixel AI and DAIN. DAIN plays a vital role in enhancing the  frame rates of older footage which makes it appear smoother.  New York-based Museum, Modern Art first released the video back in 2018. 

According to the reports, it was originally filmed just three years before the outbreak of World War 1 and shows everyday life in the famous American city. The 1911 footage of the city looked very different with fewer cars, horse and carts still racing across the streets. The footage also shows 1910's fashion with men in long jackets and women in long dresses. People can be seen wearing hat on the streets. One of the most important things about the footage is that  it shows a  a much calmer and far less busy New York as compared to today. 

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'This is magnificent'

A user commented, "I've never seen so many people wearing so many suits in my life". The second user wrote, "This is magnificent". The third user added, "Did a single face that stared into that camera lens know many people from the year 2020 were watching them?". Another user wrote, "0:35 the chances of this man to expect someone watching him on samsung phone in high definition somewhere from India are none. Not even the realm of imagination in his mind had the reach to picture this scene. Just think about it. What we see and experience are so different from this guy. Both are same life but still one life has so many faces."

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