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Posted 1/1/14 , edited 9/19/14
I just read this article on DualShockers http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/12/31/valves-gabe-newell-interested-in-budding-technology-that-could-display-games-directly-in-your-brain/

One part of me is over hyped and think that this will be revolutionary and amazing.... However another part of me can't ignore the terrifying fact that there are so many things that could go wrong. Such as people hacking the system and/or like in SAO you get trapped in the game world and can't get out.

So what do you think about all of this? Please tell me and let's have a desscution about SAO In Real Life down below! :D

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I think it would be amazing, such technology would revolutionise our world, I think, and not just in gaming. I can't think of any offhand, but there could be some medical benefits too.

As for the SAO situation, there would be numerous safeguards to prevent issues like that happening. But currently this is a moot point, since such technology is probably over a decade away!
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As i have little interest in our world, i love having a SAO kind of world, and i don't mind being trapped there either.
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I wouldn't mind trying it out either. There's danger in everything we do anyhow. I say live a little. I'd gladly be a beta tester. lol.
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I think the Oculus Rift is the only thing that's gonna come close to VR gaming for a couple of years.


I could be wrong however.
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Not having time to go watch the full 30 minute video, I am going to delve right into the sciences of neural connections, and some bits of it that is the current state of technology.

First, There already are direct neural connections that exist for both visual and motor control. there are certain types of silicon pathways that neurons will bind themselves to and communicate with. This is the core of digital visuals for the blind. Basic start there. There has to be some physical connection to the neurons to interact with the electrochemical impulses of our brain. These also need to be calibrated and really can only be done with somebody whose retinas are still intact. While the brain has centers for activity, there are so many cells that you really only can connect at the source.

In term of feedback, there is some pretty cool tech in terms of that. This involves essentially tapped signals. Much like a transitor taking small impulses and making them trigger a switch, it is the same for these interfaces. At current, implant (needed for precise control) or dermal sensors can be used to trigger commands on a more complex interface. Though these do not work for everybody. The equipment does need to calibrate to the user, and the user must have precise enough mental control to be able to properly use. In my readings and talks with people in the field, at current not alot of people can actually use this even though the tech is being developed.

With that out of the way, we then get into the science of SAO. First and foremost being neural interruption. Okay, scary stuff, but not for the hypothetical weaponizing of it. For me, the start of it would be the energy needed to send signals to the brain. The safest way would be triangulation signal transmitters. This is where you have multiple emitters of low energy to prevent damage that have a convergence point to create a signal. If these ran fast enough and with a high enough multitude, then it is possible to transmit, neutralize or if focused enough receivers, can be used to detect changes in neurology to confirm motion. This is the science of Nervgear in SAO which is why it can be used to microwave a brain. Non ionizing energy is pretty much necessary to penetrate tissues without destroying it, and the focal point systems would be used in order to prevent white noise so to speak.

Now, there is one big thing that would result in this type of equipment in being utter fail and a real pain in the ass for anybody using it. Quite frankly, I would think it would be no fun at all. It comes down to one simple fact. Muscle memory. Most people do not realize it, but our brain is not just in our head. It is in our spine. Sudden instinctual reactions occur due to certain neurons receiving instructions, and then issuing a reaction before the reply even reaches our main processing centres of the brain. In terms of processing, our concious processing centers run quite slow compared to the more primitive portions. On top of that, there is the more hardwired passive systems from the primitive centers of our brain as well. Accessing these would be extremely risky since any slight error could really be potentially fatal. Would be like crashing the life support system.

As for the ability to hijack the brain, like in SAO, I find that funny since the brain is just EEPROM. It is all hardwire information. All that a nervgear could do is make an exact neural copy or cause an interruption in the signal to maintain the comatose state. This is probably what actually is going on with the 300 since the neural programming they talk about would take a period of time. Neurons would be extremely difficult to reprogram directly. If such tech did exist, it would be impossible to hide it as a video game device. Instead, the nervgear would have to do it by brain conditioning over time. Let the brain rewrite itself.

Well, enough blabbing. Neural science is a subject of interest, but there is way too much to work in a way I would be satisfied with if ran just from some headgear. At the very least, It would have to progress to base of spine. Works for that original nervgear in design, but the second gen that is from 1.5, ignores the scientific lore....
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I would love the idea of that technology but not only for gaming. I want something that can teach my brain. I want it so that it can implement or like install/store a knowledge to our brain. So in the future there are no more clueless people.
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yeeeeeaaaahhhh no SAO was such a disappointment
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What sucks about this era is that there's really nothing left to explore, except for what's too far off into the future. I mean, hypothetically, and it's a bad hypothesis really, when or if they managed this somehow it would probably be when I was well over 50 years old. I'm way too old for Asuna then. If this doesn't happen before I'm 30 I might as well go into the garage, start my car, and slowly suffocate. #foreveralone
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Posted 1/16/14

xeneria wrote:

As i have little interest in our world, i love having a SAO kind of world, and i don't mind being trapped there either.


i can defiantly agree with you haha

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Posted 1/17/14

bdiddy2012 wrote:


xeneria wrote:

As i have little interest in our world, i love having a SAO kind of world, and i don't mind being trapped there either.


i can defiantly agree with you haha



Indeed. SAO in reality would be paradise.
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Posted 1/21/14

This is definitely awesome. I would not mind being a beta tester... and sure, I like the fact that this technology has been in progress. Besides, the reason why I'm all go for it... is because I--we can't experience fantasy in the world f or reality.. we've always dreamt of flying in the sky-feeling the wind against our cheek except we can't do it in the reality unless you're dreaming. However, when you dream in your sleep that you fly, as soon as you wake up, you won't remember it... you can't remember how it felt of flying in the dream.

If this technology where to happen in the near future.... all the dreams of flying will be granted true and we can remember everything. Our dream of fighting with swords (like SAO) will be completely granted. Our dreams of experiencing fantasy will be a reality. Lastly and more importantly... we will remember it instead of sleeping and waking up asking "What was I dreaming about?"

Sword Art Online being an official game in the near future? I WOULD DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BE A BETA TESTER... I mean come on... who wouldn't like to experience the game first before it is to released in the public?
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Posted 1/22/14
SAO in reality... I don't see this as a bad thing and I'd love to be trapped in it.
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Posted 1/22/14 , edited 1/22/14
Wish it was real. Prefer it to this world I would be so badass ;3
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Posted 1/22/14 , edited 1/29/15
It would be good for 14 hours just like the anime good first 14 episodes
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