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Hatusme Miku transmits last concert – implications for emergency service training

The end of human performers?

Thousands showed up at Tokyo Dome City Hall to watch teen diva Hatusme Miku put on her "last" concert.




Miku had sold out concerts in 2011:

Tiffany Hsu (2011 November 10) Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku takes the stage — as a 3-D hologram Los Angeles Times

Chris Meyers, writing for Reuters, gets right to the unique points:  She sings, she dances, she's … not real

Hatsune Miku is computer generated, based on a voice-synthesizing programme developed by the company Crypton Future Media that allows users to create their own music.

Her image was produced by the company, but her music is a creation of her fans,

Her best songs — the ones headlined at her concerts — have emerged from more than 20 different people.

The fans know what the fans like. All 10,000 tickets for the digital diva's four shows in Tokyo — two on Thursday and two on Friday — sold out in hours despite the 6,300 yen ($76) ticket price.

Hatsune Miku was projected onto the stage at the shows while thousands of other fans packed into 24 cinemas to watch live.

Social media + digital simulation + interactive participation = engaged fans.

Emergency Service Implications

In 2003 I reviewed an adoption of the Duke Nukem video game where the gun was replaced with a Geiger counter. A well-developed way to learn how to handle radioactive incidents, with the physics of radiation (time-distance-shielding) factored into a first person response to a variety of incidents.

While Miku is a little weird and creepy, the technology to make this teen digital diva has implications for emergency services training.

But we may first see it in a new Statter911 versus FireCritic reality episode. More realistic than the Xtranormal videos from 2010.

Here are the Miku players:

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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