Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Star Trek collide in uncanny deepfake
SpaceX founder Elon Musk dreams of space exploration. Blue Origin and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also looks to the stars. It's only logical they should be cast together in a deepfake video culled from classic Star Trek.
But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.
Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it?
Bezos ends up as a big-headed alien called a Talosian.
But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee.
YouTube channel The Fakening specializes in amusing altered videos that place celebrities into places they don't belong. The technology has gotten frighteningly accurate. Musk could absolutely pass for Captain Pike, the first Star Trek captain from the unaired pilot episode The Cage, which was filmed in the mid-1960s.
"In the not too distant future, Elon Musk will save us from the captivity of Jeff Bezos' Amazon illusion," The Fakening wrote in the video description. This isn't quite the type of space adventure Musk and Bezos have in mind for their companies, but it's a hoot for Star Trek fans and anybody who follows the exploits of SpaceX and Blue Origin. While The Fakening is using the power of face-swapping technology to entertain, malicious deepfakes are a cause for concern. At least we can enjoy the obviously fun fakery of classic Trek starring two big names from real-life space ventures.
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