Answer: Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.
Prime Minister Ardern was unable to attend Techweek, New Zealand’s annual innovation festival, in person. So, she appeared at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland on Monday as a digital projection instead.
Ardern’s image told the audience at the opening ceremony, “I was disappointed I couldn't make it to Techweek in person, so this morning, I come as to you as a hologram instead.” It was a fitting form of entry, considering the event is all about technology and innovation.
While Techweek has said that this is the first time a world leader has used holographic technology to complete official engagements, this is not the first time that a politician has made a public appearance via hologram. Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan, president of Turkey, attended a party meeting as a projection in 2014 while he was prime minister. And last year, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a candidate for the French presidency, attended several rallies in the same manner.