Points of view

Unreal women. Holograms, replicants and computer generated models: panorama, of a pink fake but true decade


In August 2007 Hatsune Miku was born. In April this year Sophia will be 3 years old. Meanwhile, Shudu and Lil Miquela made themselves known as well.
It’s all fake, but it’s beautiful!

Sofia the robot


On 19 April this year, Sophia, “wisdom” in Greek, will be 3 years old.
Years pass, even for robots. Above all if they closely resemble human beings. Who knows what birthday gift his parents will give her, two out of the ordinary men. The first is David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics. The second is Ben Goetzel, a mad scientist. They gave birth to the wonderful Sophia. Algorithms, interaction, autonomy: these are the coordinates of childbirth. 65 facial expressions, Sophia: to represent emotions, exhibit gestures, express concepts. Sophia sings, is interviewed, meditates. In her own way, she lives. In her own way.

Miquela Sousa

Brief history of a Virtual Avatar, named Miquela and surname Sousa, also known as Lil Miquela. Miquela is 19 years old, half Brazilian and half Spanish, lives and works in Los Angeles, works as a model, is an acclaimed influencer, and as soon as she can she tries singing, as in the debut single, “Not Mine”, recorded in August 2017, or as in the wonderful “You Should be Alone”. All perfect. All false. Yeah, Miquela Sousa, aka Lil Miquela, in fact, does not exist. She is not real. If not online.
Nothing new, they will say. The concept is “ancient!”, you know. Yet, Lil Miquela really seems to possess something different than usual. Could it be a soul?

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She has officially been elected one of the most beautiful models of Instagram.
Greatly envied by her many coworkers in the flesh. In fact, Shudu is not real. She is a beautiful creature but is only a project created by the photographer Cameron James-Wilson, on the computer. Recently, after the D & G drones and the influencer Lil Miquela, the border between real and virtual, even in fashion, seems to have become increasingly thin, impalpable, void. So the time has come when Naomi’s rival is an entirely digital model. No surprise!
The only surprise, perhaps, comes from the fact that “the 3-d environment”, usually seriously lacking from the point of view of issues such as “ethnic diversity” and “black characters”, this time has “dared” to take a step which would have been unthinkable before.

Hatsune Miku

16 years old. 42 pounds. 1 meter and 58. Her name is Hatsune Miku. Marc Jacobs designed her clothes. Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga collaborated with her. She is one of the most famous virtual singers. At her concerts, the audience goes literally crazy.
A practical example of a vocaloid, Hatsune was born in the now very distant 2007, in Japan, thanks to the geniuses of Crypton Future Media. Hatsune Miku was, probably, the first real “diva android”, a smash hit at concerts in which her audience, applauding, was composed of beings, 100% human.
Virtual Idol, Hatsune has performed in Japan, United States, Singapore, Paris.
Hatsune Miku means “The first sound from the future”.