aespa is a new K-pop group from SM Entertainment that includes a mix of human and virtual members like ae-KARINA, both of which will be featured in future appearances. The computer-generated ae-KARINA is like a digital version of band member Karina and like her real-life counterpart, the avatar's best skills are said to be vocals, rap and dance.
According to SM Entertainment’s founder Lee Soo-man, avatars like ae-KARINA are helping to usher in the beginning of the future of entertainment, as "It projects a future world centred on celebrities and avatars, transcending boundaries between the real and virtual worlds."
At a time when bands and artists are taking their talents online as physical venues have temporarily closed, avatars may indeed become more mainstream.
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