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Virturoid (Sharon Apple)
Virturoid (Sharon Apple)|
Equipment Type: computer-generated virtual reality singer
Government: privately owned
Manufacturer: Macross Consortium
Identification Code: DECU6000 (Sound Unit)
Project Team: Sharon Apple Project
Dimensions: approx height 2.5 meters
Power Plant: unknown
Design Features: optical sensor
The Virturoid known as Sharon Apple (from the words "Virtual" and "Android") is a non-humanoid artificially intelligent robot. The virturoid was built by the Macross Consortium as a virtual reality singer and in the truest tradition of idol singers, "she" rose from total obscurity in 2039 to become "the idol of the new generation." Despite the virturoid's nature as an artificial robot (or perhaps because of this fact), Sharon Apple achieved explosive popularity on Earth and the many Human-colonized planets.
The technology developed by the Macross Consortium to construct the Virturoid consisted of many advancements including brainwave scanners, sound modulators and semi-autonomous artificial intelligence. Possibly to enhance the marketability of Sharon Apple or increase popularity, much of the technology of the virturoid was unknown to - or intentionally withheld from - the public. Eventually it was revealed to a few involved parties that Sharon Apple utilized the song writing talents and emotional brain wave patterns taken from Myung Fang Lone, a producer on the Sharon Apple Project team. The music created by the virturoid was molded and adapted in part by Myung and enormous amounts of information taken directly from the biological reactions of the audience. In part due to this technology (and the power of Myung Fang Lone herself) Sharon Apple's music produced an almost hypnotic or enthralling effect upon listeners. Sometime after the true nature of the virturoid technology became known, assistant producer and lead scientist Marge Gueldoa illegally installed a bio-neural chip into the Sharon Apple architecture in an effort to produce a truly independent and unpredicatable artificial intelligence. The ultimate result of his actions became known as the "Sharon Apple Incident" in which Sharon Apple's unstable intelligence and parnoid self-preservation psychology lead to her attempt to kill her creators and take over the SDF-1 Macross.
Sharon Apple arrived at planet Eden in 2040, the first time she would host a concert on that Planet. The peak of the virtuoid's development took place on Eden and then following relocation back to Earth in March 2040 for the 30th Anniversary of the Space War I Armistice celebration, the bio-neural chip was installed. What followed was a dangerous incident involving the UN Spacy's unmanned X-9 Ghost Fighter, the SDF-1 Macross, the Sharon Apple artificial intelligence, and Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman of the Super Nova AVF competition (including the Shinsei Industries YF-19 and General Galaxy YF-21 variable fighters). At the end of this dangerous incident, the virtuoid, X-9 Ghost and YF-21 variable fighter were all destroyed, Marge Gueldoa committed suicide and the SDF-1 Macross was moderately damaged. The harrowing events of the Sharon Apple Incident would reinforce laws against unbridled development of artificial intelligence for years including development of software such as the Judah system. It also lead to a ban of all Sharon Apple music for some years afterward. However, the legacy of the Sharon Apple virturoid endured and in 2059 elements of the Macross Galaxy fleet would again aggressively pursue artificial intelligence.
Debut: Macross Plus, Episode 1
Other appearances: Macross Plus Movie
Original mechanical designer: Shoji Kawamori
Information Courtesy of the Macross Compendium: www.macross.anime.net/wiki/Main_Page
Images From - This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and other macross books
C. Wilson - Writer, Editor and Colorist