A project from The Times of London brings President John F. Kennedy's voice to the speech that was never delivered, 55 years after his assassination

President John F. Kennedy was on the way to make a speech when he was assassinated in 1963. Now, The Times of London has used artificial intelligence to recreate his voice reciting the words he was never actually able to speak. The 22-minute speech was posted as a video on the Times website.

The idea for the project began when Rothco executive creative director Alan Kelly was watching a documentary about the president’s fatal trip to Dallas. After reflecting more on what JFK was on his way to do before his assassination, Kelly searched for the written speech. After finding it and realizing its relevance to today’s times, he decided to embark on this project.

Rothco, The Times and CereProc, a British audio tech company, worked to analyze recordings of JFK and then build a database with these spoken words. This included analyzing over 800 analog recordings of his speeches and interviews, then isolating different phonemes to bring them together to create certain words.

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President John F. Kennedy was on the way to make a speech when he was assassinated in 1963. Now, The Times of London has used artificial intelligence to recreate his voice reciting the words he was never actually able to speak. The 22-minute speech was posted as a video on the Times website.

The idea for the project began when Rothco executive creative director Alan Kelly was watching a documentary about the president’s fatal trip to Dallas. After reflecting more on what JFK was on his way to do before his assassination, Kelly searched for the written speech. After finding it and realizing its relevance to today’s times, he decided to embark on this project.