Collecting Life Stories with StoryFile | POF147


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How many of you wish you could talk to a loved one who’s passed on? What would it mean to you to be able to introduce your kids to a favourite relative who they never had a chance to meet? It makes me so sad to have lost my dad only 8 years ago and I wish I could pick up the phone and talk to him.

My guest, Heather Smith is the mastermind behind StoryFile which can capture the stories of your loved ones for generations to come! I first saw Heather on 60 minutes when she shared her work with Holocaust survivors in order to capture their stories so they don’t die with them. The link to the full interview is below. She has also interviewed astronauts, business leaders, actors, veterans, and people who are making a difference in the world today.

Her innovative AI technology allows you to interview your loved ones with curated questions, and from there, the AI takes over which allows you to ask questions and they’ll answer just as if they were sitting across from you. It’s amazing! You can try it out yourself on their site and ask William Shatner any question you like!

With Mother’s Day coming up, I can’t think of a better gift to give her than to capture her stories for future generations.

60 Minutes Interview:

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About Heather Smith

Heather Maio-Smith is an award-winning interactive storytelling pioneer and technology visionary who brings over a decade of immersive storytelling leadership to StoryFile. In 2010, Heather developed the first 3D interactive conversation with Holocaust Survivor Rose Schindler through her creative agency Conscience Display. At the time, she was creating physical video installations at the United Nations, USC, and in Havana, Cuba, but she understood that the future of storytelling lay at the intersection of digital media and ‘natural conversation’ and decided to create it.

Heather developed a strategic partnership with two global entities with competencies in visual media and technology - USC Shoah Foundation and the Institute for Creative Technologies. The partnership she led has resulted in the development of a new medium - natural conversation video. Through Heather’s leadership, immersive interactive natural conversation video has gone from being a concept to a reality, combining hi-fidelity multi-scopic video with voice commands to deliver commercial grade natural conversation with an individual, whether it’s a life-sized video or on your mobile device, replicating the emotional experience of having a conversation with a person. She developed and pioneered Dimensions in Testimony, a program to interview Holocaust Survivors in volumetric interactive video without that survivor actually being present. Dimensions in Testimony won both the People’s Choice Award and the Jury Prize at Sheffield Doc Fest in 2016. She produced and led the project before moving on to found and lead StoryFile.

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