Rise Of The Machines: Japanese Popstar A Computer Construct : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture The Computer Created Popstar
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Rise Of The Machines: Japanese Popstar A Computer Construct

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She is the perfect the girl and everyone loves her. Too bad she doesn't exist.

In 1994 science fiction author William Gibson published IDORU, a novel about a Japanese Pop star who was actually the holographic creation of a distributed artificial intelligence.

Now it seems life has taken a few halting steps towards imitating art.

Last week Aimi Eguchi, the newest star of the Japanese band AKB48, was revealed to exist only on the hard drives of her creators. In fact, "Ms. Eguchi" was a virtual composite of six other band members. As New Scientist puts it:

The fake pop star first appeared in an advert for Japanese sweets, but also has an online profile and has featured in a magazine photoshoot using faked pictures. Her fans were shocked to discover this week that Eguchi's computer-generated features were created by blending the nose, hair, mouth, eyes, eyebrows and body shape of six real AKB48 members. Each was recorded using digital motion capture, allowing Eguchi's designers to select their best features for the composite pop star.

So for now we are shocked and amazed, but how long will it before we become comfortable with fully synthetic personalities?