Remember when Al Gore appeared via hologram at the Japan Live Earth Concert? It seems that Prince Charles was taking notes. He recently appeared in virtual form to address those attending the Abu Dhabi World Future energy summit. At this same event, Abu Dhabi (capital of the United Arab Emirates) pledged $5 billion to sustainable energy initiatives over the next five years; the most ambitious renewable energy commitment ever undertaken by a government. Charles was “there” to briefly discuss alternative energy and emissions reductions. From the article,
His appearance was the talk of the 2,500 delegates at the World Future energy summit, most of whom had flown thousands of miles to discuss renewable energy and climate change and how to save emissions.
The very sight of Prince Charles caused many to gasp, and they were also surprised by his reference to a common “creator” figure. “Scientists are now saying that the problem of climate change is now so grave and so urgent that we have less than 10 years to slow, stop and reverse greenhouse gas emissions. Common actions are needed in every country to protect the common inheritance that has been given to us by our creator…” said the prince.
Beyond the certified ‘coolness’ factor of this technology, I love how full-size holograms may one day provide viable options to traveling long distances to address people. Obviously, there’s no replacing actual physical interaction (unless Charles is building a look-a-like robot in his basement), but perhaps this futuristic upgrade of today’s “video conferencing” technology may one day save us a lot of trouble with travel and emissions.
That, or it will be a huge boon to virtual dating.
Photo note: That’s really what the hologram looked like. Impressive, right?