Jokes and memes born on the internet usually don’t last for too long, with an average lifespan of around two weeks before the world moves on to the next joke. There is however one ‘meme’ that has lasted the test of time: sending a close friend or family member a link to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” but pretending it’s something completely different and of utmost importance.
According to The Observer the Rick Astley meme, or simply ‘Rickrolling’ as it’s more commonly known was first started back in 2017 when a YouTuber named Shawn Cotter sent his friends a link to a video for the new Grand Theft Auto: IV game.
However, instead of linking back to the actual trailer, Cotter linked back to Rick Astley’s 1987 hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Upon opening the link his friends were greeted by the iconic music video and a caption that scrolled across the screen which read “You just got Rickroll’d”.
With this simple but effective digital bait-and-switch a meme was born and still lives on to this day. Now, thanks to the help from some intelligent AI, you can troll your friends with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” in crisp 4K at 60 FPS.
The newly remastered video was posted to YouTube by a user named Revideo at the end of January 2021 but has only recently been picked up by the internet at large this week.
According to Engadget, Revideo remastered the video using an AI program called Topaz Video Enhance, which was used to upscale the video to its glorious 4k resolution. Revideo then used a program called Flowframes to smooth out the video to 60 frames per second, resulting in the ultra-clear video below:
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