A team of scientists used A.I. to create a convincing facsimile of a historical speech that never happened, and put the threat of fake information front and center

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Even from a distance, you recognize the voice: pugnacious, portentous, with that famous bulldog growl. It’s Nixon, without a doubt. Then you see the TV screen showing the most reviled president of the 20th century at his desk in the Oval Office, flanked by flags, giving an address to the nation.

But it isn’t quite right; Nixon seems to be saying something about dead astronauts. …


Andrew Dickson

A critic and journalist based in London, Andrew covers culture for the New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times and the New Yorker. andrewjdickson.com

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