Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona died two years ago. Therefore, the World Cup in Qatar is the first to be held after the player’s passing. However, fans of Argentine football had a pleasant surprise during the championship.
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3D video editing techniques and artificial intelligence (IA) “resurrected” Maradona in a traveling museum that honors the player. It is possible to interact with the athlete’s virtual presence at Doha airport.
Maradona is “alive” in a museum in Qatar
The traveling museum was set up inside an aircraft, which was customized by the artist Maxi Bagnasco. You can talk to Maradona in 10 different languages, with artificial intelligence simulating responses for the audience. A synthesizer makes the virtual ace’s voice identical to his, still in the 1990s.
One of the messages that Maradona leaves to visitors is the following:
“Before saying goodbye, I would like to say that football is still the most beautiful and healthiest sport in the world. And yes, I’m not going to lie to you, I’m excited about the World Cup, like all of you. I hope that football brings joy to Argentines again. I hope we can celebrate again like in 86, we deserve it. We deserve it, people. And I ask you a favor: do not forget me, because I carry you in my heart.”
Messages will be sent to space
All people who visit the traveling space can record a message to the player. The idea is that in the future these audios will be sent into space along with the boots he wore on the field.
This is the same line of tributes that several other actions boast in different areas of art and society. Maradona remains one of the main idols of Argentinabeing considered more than a player, but also a social activist linked to the causes of the people of his country.