MIT releases deepfake video of ‘Nixon’ saying NASA Apollo 11 catastrophe

Watch President Richard Nixon ship some very dangerous information concerning the Apollo 11 moon touchdown on this deepfake video made by MIT. 

Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

The Apollo 11 moon touchdown on July 20, 1969 was a landmark second in house historical past. However what if the astronauts died throughout their mission to the moon, and President Richard Nixon needed to ship tragic information on TV to the American viewing public?

On this disturbingly-real deepfake video, President Nixon breaks the information that NASA failed and astronauts died on the moon. Deepfakes are video forgeries that make individuals look like doing or saying issues they are not. Deepfake software program has made manipulated movies accessible and more and more tougher to detect as faux. 

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“Destiny has ordained that the lads who went to the moon to discover in peace will keep on the moon to relaxation in peace,” Nixon says within the deepfake video referring to astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

It took a half a yr for Massachusetts Institute of Know-how (MIT) AI specialists to create the very convincing 7-minute deepfake video that mixes precise NASA footage with Nixon delivering a tragic speech as if Apollo 11 had not succeeded in its mission to the moon.

Synthetic intelligence “deep-learning” expertise was used to make Nixon’s voice and facial actions convincing. The contingency speech (which might be present in Nationwide Archives) was learn aloud by an actor. 

MIT’s Heart for Superior Virtuality created its new mission referred to as In Occasion of Moon Catastrophe — which launched on Monday — to indicate individuals the damaging affect deepfake movies can have on an unsuspecting public. 

This marks the primary time the Nixon Apollo 11 deepfake video is being offered to the general public in its entirety following a bodily artwork set up at MIT in fall 2019. 

“In Occasion of Moon Catastrophe is an immersive artwork mission inviting you into another historical past, asking us all to think about how new applied sciences can bend, redirect and obfuscate the reality round us,” the mission’s web site mentioned. “By creating this different historical past the mission explores the affect and pervasiveness of misinformation and deepfake applied sciences in our modern society.”

In Occasion of Moon Catastrophe goals not solely assist individuals to higher perceive deepfakes, but additionally clarify how deepfakes are made and the way they work; learn how to spot a deepfake; their potential use and misuse; and what’s being accomplished to fight deepfakes and misinformation. 

This mission is supported by a grant from Mozilla’s Artistic Media Awards, which construct on Mozilla’s mission to appreciate extra reliable AI in shopper expertise. 

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