Amazing Deepfake Video of Nixon’s Moon Disaster Speech That Never Had to be Read
In July of 1969, humans went to the Moon, walked on the Moon, blasted off from the Moon, and came back home to Earth. But what if they hadn’t; what if disaster had struck?
Nixon’s speechwriter, William Safire, had prepared a speech for the president to read in the event of such an awful occurrence. In this short film, In Event of Moon Disaster, Nixon finally reads that speech, thanks to impressive (and unsettlingly real-looking) deepfake video/AI technology.
You can see the film as it was shown to audiences here. And below is a video of the screening event which includes the full film and a Q&A session with the creators.
Making people do things they didn’t is much harder than the usual generative fare: the voice, physical consistency, the emotions, and the historical details all conspire to subvert the “easy” part of making someone’s chops move. A lie is harder than a joke, which is why lies are posed as jokes. The achieved result, though, is magical and disquieting — look how they make Nixon choke up! And a warning.
I can’t believe this never blipped my radar until now. Thanks to my pal Alberto Gaitán for bringing it to my attention.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.