Parkland parents bring son back to life in AI video to spur voters

by: KELLI KENNEDY,

Posted: Oct 3, 2020 / 09:26 AM EDT/ Updated: Oct 3, 2020 / 09:26 AM EDT

This computer-generated image, taken from video created through artificial intelligence, released by Change The Ref/McCann Health, shows a depiction of Joaquin Oliver, a teenager killed in the Parkland school massacre. Wearing his signature hoodie and beanie, an earbud casually hanging from one ear, Oliver urges his peers to vote for lawmakers who will end gun violence in the new video released Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Next month’s election would have been his first chance to vote. (Change The Ref/McCann Health via AP)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Wearing his signature hoodie and beanie, an earbud casually hanging from one ear, passionate Parkland teen Joaquin Oliver urges his peers to vote for lawmakers who will end gun violence in a new video released Friday. Next month’s election would have been his first chance to vote.

The 17-year-old’s mannerisms and vernacular “yo, it’s me” are shockingly life like, but it is just a mirage — a realistic, almost eerie artificial intelligence re-creation of the teen who was among the 17 killed in the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at

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