If any of you attended Coachella this year, you might’ve borne witness to the latest manifestation of all things wrong with technology: A performance from a hologram of Tupac Shakur. Sorry, am I the only one who is totally weirded out by this?
The performance was apparently a big hit at Coachella, as virtual-Tupac performed alongside Snoop Dogg on stage. This project is the brain child of Snoop, Dr. Dre and a company called Digital Domain, who created the technology. The rappers are thinking big, talking about both an arena-style tour and a smaller, more intimate club tour. While I’m sure there are a lot of fans who really really miss Tupac since his untimely death in 1996, I can’t put my finger on whether they’d be happy to see him in concert again, or completely infuriated that someone would think to resurrect him as a digital projection. PS: You can read the hologram’s innermost thoughts on its Twitter(?).
What do you think of a digital recreation of Tupac going on tour?