ALDEBARAN III — Despite protests from some faculty members, the Aldebaran Music Academy has decided to accept the application of a holographic student for the first time in the school’s history.
The student in question, Cecilia, first applied to the school in 2394. Her application to the academy’s program for musical composition was originally dismissed on the grounds that a hologram was definitionally incapable of exercising a creative talent such as composing music.
Cecilia was originally part of a jazz club holoprogram created by a Tycho City holoprogrammer. Unusually high levels of activity caused Cecilia to develop a distinct personality and hone her musical talents beyond the original scope of her programming. The program’s original creator noticed this abnormal activity and allowed her program to run continuously so that she could have a degree of autonomy. After several months, Cecilia decided to compose an original piece of music and apply to the Aldebaran Music Academy, only to have her application disregarded.
Cecilia reapplied this year after the school’s Admissions Department underwent numerous staff changes. Last month, Egrim Urdaar, the school’s director of admissions, announced that the Admissions Department had overturned their previous decision and accepted Cecilia’s application for consideration. Among his reasons for overturning the decision, Urdaar cited the case of Emergency Medical Hologram v. Broht & Forrester as evidence that holographic beings were capable of producing artistic works. While not case law, the legal dispute did provide sufficient cause to reverse the school’s stance on accepting applications from holographic beings.
Yesterday, Cecilia announced that the Aldebaran Music Academy accepted her application and that she will be admitted to the school next year as a member of the Class of 2399. Advocates for the rights of holograms are celebrating this decision as another step towards the extension of full rights to sentient holograms.
“The Aldebaran Music Academy has a long history of fostering some of the greatest musical talents for generations,” said Urdaar in a public statement. “We will continue to offer the opportunity for any and all future musicians and composers to study music at our institution.”
Experts expect this decision to renew debate surrounding the rights of sentient holograms both in general and as artists specifically. The Aldebaran Music Academy, with the permission of Cecilia, has released the original composition included in her application for public enjoyment.