Fans of Sword Art Online, your biggest dream might just be about to come true. Triggered by technology giant IBM, Sword Art Online: The Beginning is an upcoming virtual reality (VR) MMORPG which will be tested in a secret location in Tokyo from 18 March to 20 March. Only 208 applicants will be selected for this project, and I expect Sword Art Online fans to flood the registration page.
IBM will use a cognitive system, known as IBM Watson, which “uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.” Also in the fray is SoftLayer, IBM’s cloud computing subsidiary which will most probably host the massive virtual reality world of Sword Art Online. Hopefully this is a full-fledged project, and not just a technical test.