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November 27 21:05

Video where Nixon announces Armstrong's death on the Moon released in the US

In 1969, the speechwriter wrote a speech in case of alternative turn of events. 50 years later, with the help of deepfake tech Nixon was able to read it 
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An installation called "In event of Moon landing" was presented at the International Film Festival in Amsterdam recently where a former U.S. President Richard Nixon, who died in 1994, gave a speech after the failure of the mission "Apollo 11" in 1969.
During the Apollo mission, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin risked their lives to make "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Shortly before the flight, Nixon asked the journalist and his speechwriter William Safir to write a speech in case of death of the crew during the landing on the moon. The text was called “In the Event of Moon Disaster”. This text was never read.
"Good evening, my fellow Americans. Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind. Goodnight," says Nixon in a fake video.

Co-maker of the video Helsey Burgund, a sound designer and a fellow at the IMT Documentary lab stated that “it was a lot harder than the popular perception of deepfake creation is.” 
“This is a two-part deepfake creation. One part is the visuals of Nixon speaking, and then his synthetic voice".
To make this happen, team has worked hand in hand with Respeecher. Respeecher uses a method where the voice is provided by the actor which they input in AI model which is then releases the same speech but with performance components taken from the voice of targeted person.