Deepfaked Nixon’s Contingency Moon Disaster Speech and It’s Horrifying


In July 1969, most of the world marked “one giant leap for mankind.” Fifty years later, nothing is really so straightforward.

In Event of Moon Disaster shows the possibilities of deepfake tech by reimagining this seminal event. What if the Apollo 11 mission had gone awry and the astronauts had not been able to return home? An emergency speech for this event was prepared for but never used it by, President Nixon—until now.

This project welcomes you into this alternative history and asks us all to think about how new technologies can bend, redirect and obfuscate the fact around us.

This project is a production of the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality and is supported by Mozilla and the MIT Open Documentary Lab.



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