Monday, May 19, 2014

The dead live again through holograms

So Michael Jackson performed at the recent Billboard Music Awards show. No, he wasn’t pulled from his grave and reanimated with the blood of virgins, although would it surprise you if he had his people try? The performer was a hologram surrounded by live dancers.

First it was Tupac, now Jackson. I’m not sure how I feel about this trend. On the one hand, it’s really just one technological step away from a routine music video, with a 3-D performer instead of a 2-D performer. On the other, it can be unsettling to view such a realistic performance from a singer who’s been lying in a coffin for years. It would certainly add a new dimension to a remake of the Thriller video.

The technology is here, so I’m guessing we are going to see it used a lot more. There may come a day when it will be so affordable you could create holograms of your deceased loved ones, and sit by the fire with Granny who died ten years earlier. Wait, that’s creepy. How about a favorite pet? You could create virtual soldiers so the enemy wouldn’t know if what they are shooting at was real or not. Why not a virtual self who goes to work for you when you need a day off?

“Jim thinks he’s so smart. I can see right through him.”

That’s the problem with some new technologies, whether you like them or not, they will endure if someone can make money from it. It’ll be interesting to see where this one goes.

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