Michael Jackson's ''performance'' at the Billboard Music Awards on May 18 is only the most recent example of holograms in pop culture

Dennis Gabor, 1947
It’s on! Engineer Gabor invents the concept of holography.

The Jetsons, 1962
The Jetson clan uses holograms to chat, shop, and watch TV.

Dalí’s Alice Cooper, 1973
Salvador Dalí displays oddball 3-D works like Alice Cooper’s Brain.

Logan’s Run, 1976
Holographic Michael York finds “no sanctuary” in this dystopian classic.

Star Wars, 1977
Holo-Leia famously pleads, ”Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi!”

JEM, 1985
Jerrica relies on the technology to assume her rock-goddess alter ego.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1987
The holodeck keeps the crew happy. But beware of ”holodiction”!

Back To The Future Part II, 1989
In Marty’s future, Jaws 19 movie marquees have serious bite.

Halo: Combat Evolved, 2001
Halo debuts “holotanks,” roving hologram machines within the game.

Sky Captain, 2004
So the World of Tomorrow includes a resurrected Laurence Olivier?

Tupac Shakur (sorta), 2012
Tupac lives! In hologram form, at least, rapping at Coachella.

Silicon Valley, 2014
Gavin tries (and fails) to use the TeleHuman. Can you hear me now?