Over the last few years, creating fake videos that swap the face of one person onto another using artificial intelligence and machine learning has become a bit of a hobby for a number of enthusiasts online, with the results of these “deepfakes” getting better and better. Today, a new one applies that tech to Star Trek.
YouTuber Jarkan has released a number of “Deepfake” videos featuring different actors swapped into iconic film scenes. Today’s release takes Leonard Nimoy’s younger Spock from the original Star Trek and swaps him in for Zachary Quinto’s Spock in the J.J. Abrams 2009 film Star Trek. He does this in a scene where the younger Spock meets his older self, played by Leonard Nimoy. Deepfake swapping of Nimoy in for Quinto or even for Ethan Peck in Discovery has been done before, but this new deepfake has more impressive results.
More recent Deep Trek Fakes
The technology of deepfakes is getting better and better, improving on early attempts which had a lot of obvious glitches. We have gathered a handful of some of the better recent Star Trek ones.
Deep Homage swapped out Tom Hardy and used a younger Patrick Stewart to play Picard’s clone Shinzon in a scene from Star Trek: Nemesis.
Perhaps inspired by how South Park portrayed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as a Talosian, YouTuber TheFakening swapped Bezos into a clip from “The Cage,” with SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk swapped in for Captain Pike.
Futuring Machines takes comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan and inserts him into a mashup of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Austin Powers. [WARNING: contains adult languge.]
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