Holographic recreations of the dead
Throughout this time many dead celebrities, presidents and historical figures from the past are “resurrected” online, via the immense AI and supercomputing powers now available. This phenomenon is aided by the recent human brain simulations that have been made possible. Data mining of every single word ever spoken, written, or otherwise recorded by the person in question is undertaken, then used to build a complex analysis of their character traits and emotions. This allows the construction of a highly accurate “shell” personality, wrapped around a generic “core” program run as an entirely independent AI simulation.
The project sparks much controversy when first announced (especially among the religious community) but soon gains momentum as a whole host of actors, musicians, artists, scientists, engineers, politicians and prominent individuals from the past start to appear online as fully conversant digital entities.
Lifelike graphics – along with recent advances in 3D/holographic technologies – enhance the experience still further, making them appear as real as any other person alive in the world today.
This form of computerised resurrection is soon extended and made possible for ordinary citizens wishing to preserve a loved one in digital form; though once again, it is more popular among the non-religious (and the process is generally less accurate, since ordinary citizens tend to leave behind less data, written words, video recordings and other information for use in constructing the AI programs).
Tycho Massdrivers drop a rock on NASA
In response to threats of being shot out of the sky the massdriver at Tycho station on the moon drops a small rock on the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The effects are devastating. Not only is the space center blasted out of existence the remaining crater is filled by sea water from the Gulf of Mexico. Within a few years the area will slowly recover.