I can only imagine what the audience was doing when they were in a live concert watching Tupac perform with Snoop Dogg — live. Well kind of. It was a hologram. But can you imagine the possibilities? Not just for artist collaboration but for engagement in all kinds of areas. It’s as if you could go back in time. Or bring the past back for a moment as if it was real.
My facebook status update went like this: Who to hologram with? Or even places to hologram? I’d want to dance with David Bowie, Bono and Simon LeBon. I’d want to sing in the choir for BandAid and be in the front row at LiveAid (85). I’d want to be in a smelly bar with the Chili Peppers…I’d want to be in Berlin when the wall fell down. Imagine you being able to dial up a person or a time period and be as little part of it. How crazy would that be? How crazy would it be if you were to go in groups? People you know? Random people? Leave it to Tupac to open up a new genre of video inspired by Star Trek.
I can imagine it now. In five years I’ll have a whole room in my house dedicated to entertainment. Where you walk in and choose what you wanted to do. Do you want to watch a movie with friends where you are all commenting together? Are you watching a live concert of your favorite band a half a world away? Are you wanting to experience a historical event or occasion? Will it be alone? With friends? Or with the world? Will there be virtual places you can hologram into? Say I want to hologram into Sloppy Joe’s in Key West. I can go in there and chat with people who have walked into Sloppy Joe’s hologram room? What would this mean for education or even public policy making? Entrepreneurship? Learning?
What happens when the holograms are so high def you can’t tell its an image? But to think that now, every piece of film could be rendered into a hologram and be used again? A new commodity? Experience in the past?
I can’t even imagine the possibilities. Its so exciting. And well done for Tupac to bring it to us. Well done.