Tupac Shakur is back. Via the magic of a kind of projection that looks like a hologram, Oakland’s Rapper Prince, gunned down in the prime of his young adult life at 25 years old in 1995, reappeared at Coachella with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre Sunday night, shocking the live audience at the music festival, and watching on the Internet.
The company responsible for the 2-D that looks 3-D effects, Digital Domain Media Group, plan to take the Tupac Shakur show on the road. And Digital Domain Media Group Chief Creative Officer Ed Ulbrich told The Wall Street Journal “To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done.” And informed that all of the moves “Tupac” displayed Sunday night were not copied, but brand new.
Ulbrich’s comment about making a “synthetic human being” falls in line with what this blog post is about, and I didn’t even have to cue Ed. Let’s take this forward 30 to 50 years, and where technology would allow us to make a moving, ‘annamatronic’ ‘Tupac Shakur’ performer – free standing, moving on its own power, even acting in all ways like the ‘Pac’ when he was alive.
It reminds me of the speech the famous ‘Peter Weyland’ gave at the Ted 2023 Conference – really a precursor for the movie Prometheus, and an introduction to the maker of synthetic people. This speech:
Is that right? That’s the question I have for you.