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Holograms Seen as Tools to Teach Future Generations About Holocaust

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USC's Paul Debevec and an LED-filled sphere

USC Institute for Creative Technologies associate director for graphics research Paul Debevec explains the Lighting Stage X, an LED-filled sphere used to help create realistic virtual characters at the Graphics Lab in Playa Vista area of Los Angeles.

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University of Southern California (USC) Shoah Foundation researchers are working on the New Dimensions in Testimony project, which involves developing three-dimensional holograms of nearly a dozen people who survived Nazi Germany's concentration camps. The goal is for the survivors to live on in perpetuity, telling future generations about the horror they witnessed and offering thoughts on how to avoid repeating the tragedy.

As early as next year, visitors at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. could have the chance to talk face-to-face with a three-dimensional hologram of a holocaust survivor. "Within the next decade or so there won’t be many survivors alive anywhere in the world," notes Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Marvin Hier.

The USC researchers are developing voice-recognition software so the holograms will be able to tell their stories and recognize questions and answer them succinctly. In the future, holograms could be used to teach classes and provide expert opinion on subjects when real people are unavailable, says USC professor Paul Debevec.

From Washington Post 
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