Illinois museum offers Holocaust holograms

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, is offering holographic conversation with 15 Holocaust survivors shown on rotation.

The hologram of each survivor can conceivably answer thousands of questions. Much like Apple’s Siri technology, the voice-recognition system responds to audience questions by picking up on key words.

“It enables the most life-like conversational opportunity that you can possibly imagine,” said the museum’s CEO, Susan Abrams.

The images were produced by the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, along with the USC Shoah Foundation. The images are technically not true holograms — they are the product of two-dimensional technology and illusion.