Actors are digitally preserving themselves to continue their careers beyond the grave

Being a dead actor/singer doesn’t mean anymore you have to stop working:

Some actors and movie studios are buckling down and preparing for an inevitable future when using scanning technology to preserve 3-D digital replicas of performers is routine. Just because your star is inconveniently dead doesn’t mean your generation-spanning blockbuster franchise can’t continue to rake in the dough. Get the tech right and you can cash in on superstars and iconic characters forever.

I’ll be honest: I’ve no idea how to feel about this. I can see the reasoning behind scanning and preserving actors for legitimate purposes1 but I won’t be surprised when (not if) some of those scans are leaked to seedy underground porn producers. If you think Rule 34 is bad now, you just wait.

  1. For the sake of the argument, let’s assume that, for example, creating a new hologram tour of late singer Amy Winehouse (done by her management) is a legitimate purpose. ↩︎

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