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>> Efforts to rebuild the war torn Middle East are getting a helping hand from tech. Drones are being used to take hundreds of thousands of photos of heritage sites that have been destroyed or damaged by conflict from Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria to Mosul in Iraq. A French startup is then using artificial intelligence, supercomputers and algorithms to create 3D reconstructions.
It's hoped that these will help when the time comes to rebuild.>>
The technicians have teamed up with UNESCO World Heritage to plan Mosul's reconstruction.>>
The digital models also have also been used to create an immersive virtual reality experience.
Visitors of the Arab World Institute in Paris will be transported to a completely different landscape.>> I was truly moved, first to see the enormous scale of the destruction. It's very important to focus on that, because even people who have
can't go now. And so to see what you're heard about so much but only seen in snippets, to see that so fully all around you is very, very moving and impressive.
>> The challenge remains however on how to bridge the gap between the virtual and the reality.