Boston, MA: WBUR reports 11.22.2019 – Re-Writing History. The heart of MIT’s “In Event of Moon Disaster” film installation uses a deep fake video to depict an alternate version of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.

Imagine a past in which the crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969 — but then became stranded there, leading then-President Nixon to give a speech memorializing the astronauts.

A new MIT film installation uses that exact premise to shed light on so-called deepfake videos and how they are used to spread misinformation. Deepfakes use artificial intelligence technologies to create or alter a video to make them untrue in some way.

MIT’s Center for Advanced Virtuality created a video of Nixon giving a speech that was actually written for him — but that he never ended up delivering. The video is the centerpiece of “In Event of Moon Disaster,”

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