Back in the late 1960s, America had a hit pop group called The Archies, who actually made it to Number One on the charts with the single “Sugar, Sugar”—a remarkable feat for a band composed of animated cartoon characters. (The Archies’ instrumental music and vocals actually were performed by an assortment of studio musicians.) We always saw that as the ultimate metaphor for the dehumanization of modern culture—that is, until Hatsune Miku came along. Japan’s latest pop diva, who sports knee-length blue pigtails and Walter Keene-kid eyes, is an Anime character who is totally fake, down even to her vocals, which are created with Yamaha’s Vocaloid software. She’s the closest thing to the “Simstim” entertainers envisioned by Cyberpunk novelist William Gibson in his 1980s Sprawl trilogy. Here’s a YouTube concert videoof Miku in hologram form, performing her hit, “World is Mine.” We guarantee it’ll leave you yearning for the authenticity of Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Okay, now for the news.