By Tom Z
11:18 AM EST, February 12, 2013
When you think of holograms, you probably think of the Tupac hologram at Coachella, or those shitty hologram baseball cards they used to sell a long time ago. But now, the University of Southern California and a design firm named Conscience Display have teamed up to create realistic holograms of Holocaust survivors. The holograms will use Siri-like technology to answer questions from students, museum goers and other Holocaust survivor enthusiasts. From CNet.com:
"The effect that it gives is a lot more that that person is there in the room with you than that person was filmed some time ago somewhere else," says Paul Debevec, a professor of computer science at USC and associate director of graphics research at the school's Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). "I think it's going to be considerably more engaging and immersive and moving than if they're just up there on a video screen."
The New Dimensions in Testimony project might evoke memories of rapper Tupac Shakur performing at a music festival from beyond the grave, but there are some key technological differences.
"We lose many of our survivors every year," Debevec says. "We definitely feel the sense of urgency and that realistically it's going to be now or never."
Personally I would combine the Holocaust and the Tupac holograms to make one ultra-hologram. It would tell a story about the hardships of wartime Austria, then bust into "Keep Ya Head Up." Tell me you wouldn't listen to a Nazi-themed "Hit 'Em Up." "Yo Hitler, Eichmann and Hans Lammers, fuck you and yo mothafuckin' mamas!"
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