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Holographic Bullshit is Always Possible

Wired.com, in an apparent bid for worst science article headline, put this up: Holographic Telecommuting May Soon Be Possible

Which, if by ‘soon’ you mean decades from now, then sure. The accompanying article is mostly blah blah blah about how the projector works (which is actually kind of neat) but says flat out that it cannot do the 30 fps that is needed for quality. Instead it does one frame every two seconds. That just doesn’t match the headline but the real pièce de résistance is the very first (sorta) paragraph:

A new holographic display can transmit three-dimensional movies from one location to another almost in real time. If Princess Leia had to send her “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope” message from Earth today, it would now be technologically possible.

Oh really? Well, look at the video of what they have developed:

And then compare it to R2D2 projecting the sexy, sexy Leia Organa in her plea for the former Jedi Master’s assistance:


Seriously, that’s just bullshit. The scientists get a pass on this one, but you science reporters (Lisa Grossman now represents all science reporters for the simplicity of me being snide) are now also ruining my expectations of the future by promising awesome technologies during my lifetime that I won’t see. Either go back to reporting on high school baseball games, or report this stuff without the fantastic hyperbole to inspire hope just to dash it by the end of the article (doing that is fine when reporting on sports, though).

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