John F. Kennedy was en route to give a speech at the Dallas Trade Mart when he was assassinated while riding in his motorcade in Dealy Plaza on November 22, 1963. Even though Kennedy never a delivered the address, the text of the speech was preserved and almost 55 years later The Times of London, along with British audio tech company CereProc, have used modern technology to produce a remarkable recreation of the ‘lost’ speech in the voice of the 35th President.
In order to re-create the 2,950 word speech, researchers analyzed 831 Kennedy speeches and amassed 116,777 sound units from audio clips to allow JFK deliver the speech in his New England accent, and his trademark cadence.
The speech focused on American leadership during the cold war and the dangers of the public being guided by misinformation especially rings true in today’s “fake news” era:
“This link between leadership and learning is not only essential at the community level. It is even more indispensable in world affairs. Ignorance and misinformation can handicap the progress of a city or a company, but they can, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicap this country’s security.
In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America’s leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem.”
— The Times of London (@thetimes) March 16, 2018