It used to be that when a pop star passed away or retired from performing, you could no longer see them live, but the advent of holographic technology has changed everything.
From Tupac to Elvis, deceased celebrities are increasingly being brought back to life as holograms, and tech companies could reinvigorate the education sector.
Loughborough University in the UK has pioneered the use of holographic technology, with plans to introduce holograms of famous scientists such as the late Stephen Hawking into its curriculum by 2025.
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This innovative approach aims to engage students more effectively than traditional 2D presentations or video calls.
The university is researching the use of holography in fields ranging from sports science to fashion, and technology provided by Los Angeles-based company Proto will enable a more immersive and interactive learning experience. Become.
Proto founder David Nussbaum explained that this technology allows us to resurrect some of the 20th century's greatest thinkers in a realistic and engaging way.
He told the Guardian: “Proto has technology that projects images of Stephen Hawking and other people to make them appear as if they were there. AI Stephen Hawking looks just like him, sounds like him, and interacts as if it were him. It's awe-inspiring, it's amazing, and I'm shocked at how great the interactions are. Whether people like it or not, AI is part of our lives.”
Although there are legal hurdles to overcome, the technology's AI capabilities could potentially create an avatar that resembles anyone in the world, living or dead, potentially ushering in a new era of immersive learning. .
Nussbaum's vision extends beyond educational institutions, with plans to introduce small, affordable units for home use within the next 18 months. These units, which cost less than $1,000, project a scaled-down image that Nussbaum likens to Roald Dahl's “Wonka Vision.” charlie and the chocolate factory.