You’re probably familiar with IBM’s super computer, Watson, which rose to fame when it beat two champion players at Jeopardy several years ago.
Well now IBM has Watson not playing a game, but hosting one. The machine will be used to run a new virtual reality simulation game that will be unlike anything created thus far.
According to Futurism.com:
Written by Reki Kawahara, who also wrote Accel World, and illustrated by abec, Sword Art Online is a young adult manga set in the not too distant future of 2022, when a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) of the same name was released. In the game, participants put on a helmet called NerveGear, which lets them control their game avatars with their mind.
And oh, and if they die in the game, well, they are really dead.
The good news is, the IBM version of Sword Art Online is no NerveGear. Meaning you don’t need to worry about whether you’ll come out alive when you suffer destruction in-game. SlashGear reports that the Sword Art Online: The Beginning will be made to support Oculus Rift and HTC vibe.
IBM is initially looking for 208 beta testers in the Tokyo area.