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Night of the Living Dead at Coachella: Tupac’s Holographic Resurrection (video)

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Posted on Apr 16, 2012
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Tupac Shakur was killed in 1996, but he rose from the stage at Coachella on Sunday, a hologram that entertained a mesmerized crowd and promised a new era of technologically enhanced grave robbing.

Shakur’s likeness appeared during a performance that included all-stars Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. Dre and Snoop addressed the image and the crowd as if Shakur was actually there. In fact the hologram, which was a made-to-order creation of James Cameron’s visual effects studio, addressed the audience directly.

We have no idea what Shakur, a sharp social critic, would have to say about this bizarre cultural turn. But we can probably expect that he is on the vanguard of a new boom in performances by the deceased. As Bloomberg Businessweek wonders, “How long will it be before we send Elvis Presley back to Vegas?” What about Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead?  —PZS


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By ghostofwatergate, April 30, 2012 at 6:32 am Link to this comment

The necrophiliac vampires came and took their video away.

You didn’t buy a Coachella ticket, no video for you.

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By PatrickHenry, April 22, 2012 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

Now I know why alot of the congresscritters have been in office for so long.

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By Paul Brooke, April 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment
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Tupac competes on American Idol!

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By grokker, April 18, 2012 at 5:49 am Link to this comment

Alright kiddies, before you spooge all over yourselves. It’s not real, although from the sounds of it, many of you think it’s close, and would drive from New York to Vegas to see fake Elvis. When one can actually imagine MLK, JFK being “brought to life” and buying into this as some sort of entertainment to massage your ever expanding boredom, you’d better take stock of your life in the deepest sense. Yeah, I can hear it now, “damn party pooper Luddites”. This is more a blurring of the lines being real and unreal, right and wrong. Video game people, many of whom are truly brain damaged, should take to this stuff like flies to cow dung. From reactions I have heard across the Web to this Tupac thing, all I can say is that the gullibility of humans to accept any new thing with a wow value holds the same intelligence level as crow’s interest in shiny things. I hope the postmodern age ends soon.

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By EmileZ, April 18, 2012 at 12:38 am Link to this comment

Fuck that weak-ass gangsta party Hollywood hologram hype!!!

Take it away white boy…

Dumb All Over - Frank Zappa (computer magic version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP2ZZgh2S0A

See also…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfgXDEMh5mU

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By vector56, April 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm Link to this comment

The possibilities are endless!

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By oddsox, April 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

Vector, let’s not forget Jurassic Park and extra-terrestrial applications
—and maybe some holigraphic/DNA/clone enhancement for the oldies you mentioned. 

Sally Hemmings & Thomas Jefferson for the romantically inclined?

...just trippin’ now…

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By vector56, April 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

I am also not a fan of Tupa, but like oddsox see possibilities for the technology. Hell, why screw around with entertainers when we can bring out the “big guns”!

MLK
JFK
RFK
Ghandi
Hitler
Robert E. Lee
Jesus

The possibilities are only limited by our imagination.

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By oddsox, April 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment

Not a fan of Tupac, but the technology is stunning & it opens a door much wider than resurrecting the likes of Elvis or Jerry Garcia. 
Imagine Michael Jackson.

I remember when the Abraham Lincoln robot was first revealed at Disneyland. 
Very crude by today’s standards, but back then it was impressive.  And when Abe stood up out of his chair the crowd literally gasped.
(not unlike when Michael Jackson debuted his moonwalk circa 1985)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pCySo1DjME&feature=related
see 3:30

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By Drunken Economist, April 17, 2012 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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What I really wanna know is, “where his homegirls, Sharon Apple & Hatsune Miku?”

If you don’t know these names… JFGI. It’s interesting reading.

-Drunky

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By Mental Math, April 17, 2012 at 7:13 am Link to this comment
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Nice video

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By John Poole, April 17, 2012 at 6:08 am Link to this comment
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The eye boggling specter of Tupac with a dangling cross necklace has to make it
harder to market rap and hip hop to young Muslims but maybe not since the whole
religious thing is so bizarre anyway. Tupac being crucified by one of his own
complicates the postmortem marketing (a white cop taking him out would have
made the job easier).

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