「アリシゼーション計画」 (Arishizeeshon Keikaku)
It was only a matter of time until it happened. Who would of thought it’d be this week though?
For those of you who didn’t get my subtle jab at the STL and fluctlight technology being used to create technology for the military, there’s the explanation for you. For those of you who caught my drift, am I the only one who’s surprised that it’s taken this long for something related to the military to finally come into play? Seeing just how much full dive technology has progressed throughout the various SAO seasons, I was actually beginning to get a little concerned just how little this technology was being used for. That said, maybe I should have saw it coming with SAO:Alternative giving us a taste of the JDF utilizing GGO for field training.
In any case, let’s get back to the topic at hand — the idea of copying and artificially creating fluctlights. Starting with the former, it’s a little crazy to think that the technology to literally copy a person’s soul now exists in the world of SAO. Using Higa’s copy as an example, can you imagine how many ethical questions arise when you’re talking about toying with the very essence of what makes someone themselves? I don’t know if that scene sparked anything inside of you, but as someone who’s read a lot of science fiction involving clones, the whole scene made me remember just how well those novels ask the question, “Just what makes you, you?” Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) it looks like the show won’t be diving into that direction and instead is going for the latter with the focus on bottom-up artificial intelligence. An idea that in concept sounds interesting, but still runs into the same ethical questions except with the added bonus of trying to somehow teach technology that it’s okay to break the rules. Rules like whether or not it’s okay to kill someone when the baseline is that you shouldn’t.
Besides that, it looks like we’re just about ready to dive back into the Underworld and see just how much progress Kirito and Eugeo have made since we last saw them. With all the key players literally in the same place, I can’t wait to see just what happens as the story progresses. If I could ask for something specific though, I’d love to see Asuna (or Yui) somehow make their way into the Underworld just so that we could have one more real life presence in there with Kirito. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!