The Michael Jackson hologram just performed at the Billboard Music Awards, and reaction has been largely positive. Words like "stunning," "amazing" and "just as confusing and uncomfortable as we imagined" were used (I said it was "largely positive," not entirely positive).
Holo-Jackson is just the latest hologram to achieve prominence. But is it the best? Here's how he stacks up against other holograms, ranked from worst to first:
4. Holo-Yellin and Holo-Will.i.am
On election night in 2008, CNN thought it would be a good idea to have a hologram version of correspondent Jessica Yellin beam into Wolf Blitzer's studio. Holo-Will.i.am joined a clearly uncomfortable Anderson Cooper later than night. It was not a good idea. It was weird, pointless and distracting and we all made fun of CNN for a long time afterwards.
Sorry, Billboard. I know you worked on this thing for half a year, but it wasn't quite there yet. I have a feeling it looked much cooler to the live audience, but up close on screen you could really see how weird and videogame-y it looked. Plus the audio wasn't in sync with the video, adding another layer of unrealism.