This July saw the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and I shared a number of landing related links, including one about a speech for President Nixon in case the worst should happen, titled “In the Event of Moon Disaster.”
Well, it’s been given the deepfake treatment.
A deepfake Nixon delivers eulogy for the Apollo 11 astronauts – Kottke
Fifty years ago, not even Stanley Kubrick could have faked the Moon landing. But today, visual effects and techniques driven by machine learning are so good that it might be relatively simple, at least the television broadcast part of it. In a short demonstration of that technical supremacy, a group from MIT has created a deepfake version of Nixon delivering that disaster speech. […]
The implications of being able to so convincingly fake the televised appearance of a former US President are left as an exercise to the reader.