National WWII Museum Allows Visitors to Talk With WWII Veterans Using AI

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana recently unveiled a new interactive experience, “Voices From the Front”, that allows visitors to talk with World War II veterans and other participants in the conflict, including Home Front workers, Holocaust survivors, and other witnesses, with the help of artificial intelligence.

To create “Voices From the Front”, the museum conducted interviews with more than a dozen of Americans who took part in WWII. During the interviews, they answered thousands of questions about their lives, duties, and conflicts.

Anyone who wishes to talk with these veterans will be able to do so through an interactive video wall. All they need to do is ask a question, and AI software will choose the best answer from recorded interviews.

National WWII Museum previously hosted live sit-downs with WWII veterans and hundreds of veterans participated in the project since 2000. However, considering that the number of veterans is declining, “Voices From the Front” will allow their stories to be heard by generations. 

 “Preserving the personal accounts of those who served and sacrificed in defense of our freedom during World War II is at the foundation of our mission,” said museum president Stephen Watson about the project. “This powerful addition to the museum will give visitors the ability to authentically connect with these individuals, creating an effective way to carry on their memories of the sights, sounds, terrors, and triumphs of the war for generations to come.”

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