The gimmick has been used in 2008 by CNN for an interview with singer Will.i.am, beamed from miles away to a studio with Anderson Cooper, and by ABC for its Academy Awards in 2011 when it brought back former host Bob Hope for a holographic cameo with Billy Crystal.
I first saw the potential for the technology during a trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-1990s. I was amazed by a laser-light show at Epcot Center as a hologram of Poseidon emerged from the water to spectacular effect.
Who knows what else the whiz kids of show biz can come up with next? Of course, some conspiracy theorists probably think its just another trick by the still alive master rapper. If only that were true. Instead we are left with Shakur's legacy and a nice dramatic moment that is sure to be a harbinger of creative things to come.