A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Princess Leia stepped out as a hologram, setting the stage for the Turkish Prime Minister to do the same years later. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, attended a meeting in Izmir. That, in and of itself, shouldn’t be particularly surprising. Izmir is, after all, the third largest city in Turkey. What is surprising is that the PM attended said meeting as a hologram. Holographic technology has made major strides since the release of A New Hope.
HoloVision promises to bring life-sized holographic representations of real people into your very living room.Holho makes a tablet a holographic projection device. And interactive holographs are becoming the norm in some regions of the world. It's no longer science fiction to imagine a world in which holograms are part of our daily lives, and they do more than give us a chance to continuously reference Princess Leia in DVICE articles.
Holographs allow for a future in which a political leader can attend a meeting in a city he can’t reach. It allows for said political leader to address his congregation. In Turkey, the Prime Minster addressed the ruling Justice and Development Party, to deliver the following message: "We are going to the elections in the shadow of attacks prepared by treasonous networks. I urge all my mayoral candidates to not waste any of their time."
Not to dive into Turkish politics here, but that seems like a message best given in person. If that’s not possible, what’s the next-best option? Television, radio, e-mail, perhaps a Tweet. No, a freaking hologram. A life-like, three-dimensional representation that allows the politician to show the full range of emotion that might (and probably should) accompany such a statement.
To create the holograph, Turkish special effects company Polyvision shot Erdogan giving his speech against a green screen, much like it would for a television spot. The message was recorded, so it's not interactive quite yet. But it does hint toward a future and not just one filled with political holograms.
Think about it. If it’s this easy to turn a political statement into a holographic show, what’s stopping film companies from doing the same. Hope you enjoy the onslaught of 3D movies, because it wouldn’t be shocking to have straight-up holographic ones in the future. Which, let’s be honest, would be pretty awesome. That is, until they remake A New Hope as a hologram, and everyone is just left incredibly confused by the Princess Leia scene, which would then be a hologram-within-a-hologram.
Until then, we’ll settle for Turkish political leaders. Oh yeah, and Tupac.
Check the video below to watch the PM's transformation from man to hologram.