Normally, when I think of holograms I think of two different things:
1). The Discovery Mall Store at the Mall of America. (Now Closed.)
2.) The chess-like game in the original Star Wars.
At the store they had little devices that would project the image of whatever you put into a disc shaped container inches above the object. With the “toy” costing over $40 the best I ever got to do was play with it. With them occurring in Star Wars, they were used as something (I realize in the past.) futuristic. A board game with interactive holograms seemed very neat at the time and probably still would be.
Why am I talking about holograms? Nearly every major news organization has put out an article about how Tupac was put on stage as a hologram. This doesn’t seem like that big of deal until you realize that he was shot to death over a decade ago. I think that using holograms is a neat idea in many different venues, but really question the ethics of the person who thinks it is acceptable to show a hologram (to make a quick buck) of someone who would be in their mid-40′s had they made different life choices/things played out differently.
Do you think “reanimating” the dead for a profit during that person lifetime is questionable or do you think that it falls into being good business? What about creating holograms of people we think could be “historical” in the future? Either way, let me know whether you think holograms are a cheap trick or good wholesome entertainment.