Artificial Intelligence – Interacting with a Historical Figure

Interacting with a historical figure using Claude software

Claude A.I is an excellent AI  chatbot. It seems more “local” for non-English speaking countries than ChatGPT…. My goal was to have a dialogue with Napoleon and ask him questions. There is a paid app that does this but there is no problem maneuvering and doing for free with Claude.

At first Claude refused to speak on behalf of Napoleon and claimed he was only a digital assistant, but then I maneuvered him to write it as a dialog in a play and he answered me in the first person and continued to understand the concept further without me requesting it later on. The ability to interview historical and non-historical figures is a huge thing in education.

I asked Claude how one can create a conversation with a character in Claude software. And this is his response:

The process can be like this:

  1. First you need to ask a question about a specific historical topic, e.g. “Napoleon, why did you lose at the Battle of Waterloo?”
  2. Claude will analyze the question and identify that you are asking it to speak as the character Napoleon in first person.
  3. Claude will use its natural language processing models and conversational understanding to generate an appropriate response, drawing on historical knowledge about Napoleon and the Battle of Waterloo.
  4. You can ask Claude to shorten or expand the response, answer follow-up questions, etc.
  5. As you listen to the responses, you can evaluate the quality of the dialogue and provide feedback to Claude to improve its capabilities over time.
  6. Claude will use this feedback and additional interactions to learn and enhance its ability to conduct conversations with historical figures.

Using Deepfake Apps to Interact with Historical Figures

I used two different deepfake apps here to interact with historical figures. Each app has advantages and disadvantages:

  1. Revive – A cheap, one-time payment app that works on phones. It allows 15 second voice segments at a time. The advantage is it is more flexible with impersonating different characters. It allows you to deepfake recordings of famous people.

Disadvantages: Short 15 second limit per recording.

  1. D-ID – More expensive after initial free minutes. Very professional quality without time limits per recording. Reads well in English but less so in Hebrew. Does not allow impersonating famous people’s voices.

Advantages: High quality, no time limits, good English. Disadvantages: Expensive, less accurate in Hebrew, cannot mimic celebrities.

In summary, Revive is better for flexibility and mimicking famous people while D-ID has higher overall quality but less language support. Considering the pros and cons of each can help choose the right deepfake app for different needs.

1. Waterloo was a difficult day for me. My troops were tired and weak after years of fighting. I made strategic mistakes and did not properly assess the enemy’s strength. And I was outnumbered against the British-Prussian army. It was a defeat that ended my military career. A very sad day for me.

2. After the defeat at Waterloo I was forced to abdicate the throne and go into exile again. I was exiled to the remote island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic. There I remained imprisoned by the British until my death six years later. They ended my life in absolute loneliness, thousands of kilometers from my homeland of France. A bitter and frustrating end for me after a life of military and political successes. Waterloo caused my final downfall from greatness.

3. Yes, there is one thing I deeply regret – that I did not retire from military and political life earlier, at the height of my power and success. Had I retired after a crushing victory like Austerlitz, when I was still the “invincible emperor” – it would have allowed me to retire with honor and enjoy the fruits of my victories. Instead, I continued to strive for more conquests and victories, until finally came the bitter defeat at Waterloo which led to my downfall. Had I known in advance how it would all end – I would have chosen to leave the stage at the right time, instead of continuing until such a bitter fall.

4. In retrospect, I think the campaign to conquer the Land of Israel and Acre was a fundamental strategic mistake on my part. The goal was to harm British interests in the Middle East, but the cost I paid was too high. I lost thousands of good soldiers on the grueling desert trek, and eventually we had to retreat from Acre without meaningful achievement. It severely damaged troop morale and my reputation as a commander. I should have realized that the Ottoman Empire would not let me easily take over the Land of Israel. It was a misjudgment on my part to think I could subdue the region. A flashy operation that cost me dearly and did not produce results.

5. The failure of my 1812 invasion of Russia stemmed mainly from faulty assessment of the land and climate conditions in Russia. I planned to quickly defeat the Russian army and capture Moscow before winter arrived. But the Russians retreated deep into the country and employed “scorched earth” tactics – destroying all sources of food and supplies in our path. When the harsh Russian winter struck, my army was not equipped for the conditions. My soldiers froze or starved to death on the long retreat. I simply did not understand how deadly a Russian winter would be for my force. It was a severe logistical and strategic failure on my part.

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