So these people are making war weapons and are still not considered evil and immoral? What kind of logic is that, Sword Art Online?
Japanese Original Episode Title: アリシアゼーション計画
Kikuoka explains to Asuna and Rinko that Kirito’s brain was severely damaged from the attack by the Laughing Coffin member and that Rath is the only facility where they can help him by using the STL technology to restore it. He also reveals to them the focus of the Underworld experiment is to create a highly adaptive and autonomous artificial intelligence. Although the experiment has been proven successful, a problem occurred where an establishment of the Church of Axiom, inside the virtual world, has managed to eliminate all kind of transgressions, including murder from their community, and that’s why they needed Kirito and his experience in order to interact with the AIs and develop them. Asuna realizes that Kikuoka wants to use the AIs for military purposes and he confesses that all his actions, since the development of the Nerve Gear, was done for this research, labeled ‘Project ‘Alicization. She then logs into ALO and updates the rest of the gang with the news and after checking on Kirito, Rinko approaches her and apologizes for helping Akihiko during the SAO incident, but Asuna comforts her by telling her that even though what he did cannot be forgiven, she really cherishes the days she spent with Kirito inside Aincrad.
Kikuoka knows how to use good marketing: This part honestly killed me. When he talks to Asuna and tries to make it clear that Rath is the only establishment that can help Kirito recover by presenting the pros of the whole Soul Translator situation he even adds in the end: ‘He even has his personal nurse!’ Well, this is what I call reassuring! And the nurse turns out to be the same nurse he had in the public hospital when he was in GGO. Oh Sword Art Online you and your goofy plot.
Higa’s Fluctlight Copy: Well wasn’t that pleasantly disturbing? Even though I loved the way this scene was portrayed and executed, I couldn’t help but feel really disturbed while watching it. I mean you are doing an experiment that you believe to be good and then something like this happens, and it doesn’t even shake you one bit? These people are seriously evil or plain apathetic.
So basically there are making war weapons: So the Project Alicization is an attempt of making highly intelligent AI assassins in order to be used as military weapons. Alice or better A.L.I.C.E. (Artificial Labile Intelligence Cybernated Existence), is essentially the first AI that managed to get influenced by Kirito and think ‘outside the box’ and what they are trying to achieve with making Kirito go back in the Underworld is find her and ‘corrupt’ her again? Yes, this definitely sounds like a malicious mission from every point of view.
Themes & Trivia
Top-Down AI vs Bottom-Up AI: Everything mentioned by Kikuoka for the AIs in this episode is kind of true. In top-down AI, cognition is treated as a high-level phenomenon that is independent of the low-level details of the implementing mechanism, a brain in the case of a human being, and one or another design of electronic digital computer in the artificial case. Researchers in bottom-up AI, or connectionism, take an opposite approach and simulate networks of artificial neurons that are similar to the neurons in the human brain. They then investigate what aspects of cognition can be recreated in these artificial networks. If you are interested in learning more science stuff you can read more details about this in Jack Copeland’s article here.
When Rinko said this is more like a civilization simulation, I honestly thought to myself: ‘So this is like a more interactive and unpredicted strategy game. Neat’. And then they start mentioning wars and shit and I am like: ‘Well, I should have known better’.
Also can we just mention how ridiculously funny Kayaba Akihiko is? In the scene when Rinko comes to him all like: ’I have a knife, I am going to kill you’ and he reacts like: ‘Lol whatever’ and *goes back to Aincard*. It made me laugh so freaking much. He is such a gentleman and a man of true culture after all.
But what about the rights of the AIs?
Yes Asuna, become an activist for the AIs now. That’s exactly what was missing from this series. One more thing, was the last scene implying that Akihiko exists in Rath and is involved with the Alicization project? Or are they just trying to trick us?
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Sword Art Online: Alicization
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