After the explosion of Zoom, Facetime, and a host of other video-conferencing platforms, the scientists behind the technology are predicting it may totally transform human communication by the end of the decade.
"Advancements in technology and lightning-speed broadband mean that pioneering forms of connectivity, such as holograms, are now viable options for when we want to feel closer to those we're not physically able to be with," former Virgin Media expert James Bellini said.
Several tech companies have already begun working to be the first to market these new capabilities in interpersonal communication.
"Having a 3D life-size, real-time connection with someone via hologram opens up a world of possibility and acts. As a great starting point for those looking to re-adjust to normal life as restrictions ease, while relieving the longing of wanting to ‘be' with another person," Bellini said.
A recent UK poll found that 26% of residents think that they will soon be using hologram technology to avoid missing out on live events that the pandemic has prevented them from enjoying – including concerts.