A recent development in the ongoing debate over the authenticity of the U.S. moon landing photographs has emerged, fueled by artificial intelligence (AI). During the “World Tour of Artificial Intelligence” event in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin was presented with an AI analysis suggesting that the images of U.S. astronauts landing on the moon might not be genuine.
This analysis, based on neural network technology, was demonstrated in a video featuring Putin and Nikolai Gerasimenko from Sberbank. The video, which has gained significant attention online, shows Putin questioning the authenticity of the Apollo 11 mission images. Gerasimenko explained that the neural network deemed almost all elements in the U.S. moon landing photos to be fabricated, citing discrepancies such as light-dark contrast. However, he noted that the AI did not express any doubts about the images taken by the Chinese lunar rover during its Chang’e mission.
The AI analysis, according to Sberbank President German Gref, was conducted using Google’s neural network technology. Neither the U.S. nor NASA have commented on the AI analysis or Putin’s response.
The Apollo 11 mission, announced on July 20, 1969, has been a subject of controversy and speculation over the years. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has also contributed to these discussions with a tweet suggesting that the moon landing was simulated using computer graphics.