In an age of very little institutional trust, without a firm historical context that future historians and the public can rely on to authenticate digital media events of the past, we may be looking at the dawn of a new era of civilization: post-history. We need to act now to ensure the continuity of history without stifling the creative potential of these new AI tools. Imagine that it's the year 2030. You load Facebook on your smartphone, and you're confronted with a video that shows you drunk and deranged, sitting in your living room saying racist things while waving a gun. Typical AI-assisted character attack, you think. There's a 1970s interview video of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on The Dick Cavett Show declaring, "We never made it to the moon.
A recent article outlines the growing danger of deepfakes and their increased realism, due to machine learning and artificial intelligence. MIT's Center for Advanced Virtuality has created a technologically advanced storytelling project that has manipulated archived footage of President Richard Nixon's 1969 speech during the Apollo 11 lunar landing. The goal of the video is to demonstrate the convincing deepfake technology and warn the public of the burgeoning threat of media misinformation. While the manipulation of photography has existed since the 19th century, becoming affluent during the era of motion pictures, the current state of deepfakes has become alarmingly realistic. Beginning in the late 90's, computer scientists began experimenting with facial reanimation.
A scarily realistic deepfake video shows what it would have looked like if President Richard Nixon was forced to deliver a sombre address to the world had the Apollo 11 mission ended in disaster. It is well-known that the American president had two speeches prepared, one in case of a safe landing and one in the event that tragedy struck. Fortuitously, the landing on July 20 1969 by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was a resounding success, rendering the latter redundant. However, experts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an entirely artificial video showing what it may have looked and sounded like. It is part of a project called'Moon Disaster' and is designed to draw attention to the risk deepfakes pose and how they can manipulate people and spread fake news.
It's a lot harder to recognize fake videos than you can imagine, including this President Richard ... [ ] Nixon deepfake about Apollo 11. Fifty-one years ago this week, the first moon landing took place. Two astronauts from Apollo 11 walked around on the lunar surface for a couple of hours, changing space exploration forever. Most people around the world accept this statement as truth, but there has always been an underbelly of society who (wrongly) think the moon landing in 1969 never happened. A new project shows the danger of how easy it is to spread fake news, through the power of a video related to the first moon landing.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Scientists at MIT have digitally manipulated video and audio to create a creepy deepfake of President Nixon "delivering" a speech that would have been used in the event of an Apollo 11 disaster. Written in 1969, the contingency speech was to be used if NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were unable to return from the moon. The video is part of a project entitled "In Event of Moon Disaster" that aims to highlight the dangers of deepfakes, which use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create false, but realistic-looking clips.