David Frum

01.17.13

Maybe It's Time to Get Off Youtube

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Have you ever heard of Hatsune Miku? Well she's actually a Japanese popstar that has an estimated 3,000 songs on iTunes and Amazon in Japan. Why have you probably not heard of her? Because she's not real. As Baily Johnson reports,

More accurately, Hatsune Miku is a digital avatar. Wikipedia describes her as a "singing synthesizer application with a female persona," created by Crypton Future Media. Using Yamaha's Vocaloid software, anyone with enough technical know-how can program Miku to perform any song on a computer. ... 

[A fan reports] "She's rather more like a goddess: She has human parts, but she transcends human limitations. She's the great post-human pop star."