I'm not naive to think any government can stop everything. I little have any faith they can do anything at all.
Originally Posted by WickedChild
But I think they would be concerned if there's a potential of losing hundred of thousands (if not millions) of taxpayers or their families. When your voters are angry, one tends to take steps to prevent tragedies.
Besides, anyone could have seen the specs on these things, and the first thing they would ask "Why is the microwave emitter aimed at the person's brain?!" It's too obvious.
Even with cost benefits analysis, the company would know that a single death would lead to a multimillion lawsuit, not to mention the loss of customers. The mass lost of life would be a disaster for them.
Even if it was possible for government and private consumer safety agencies to consider every possible scenario of a kind of technology being used for malicious purposes, it should be abundantly clear at this point that at the end of the day it's a numbers game. If the likelihood of the threat is considered low enough, and potential profits high enough, it will be overlooked. How many people ever thought that a commercial airliner could ever be used to destroy a skyscraper with thousands of people in it? I'm sure at some point someone brought up the possibility to the FAA, but that didn't stop commercial air travel and didn't stop the building of skyscrapers, neither before nor after 9/11.
And airliners don't typically have a maser pointed at a person's brain like a deathtrap out of SAW. And typically, they have protocols already prepared to prevent situations in case someone does attempt to misuse the technology - sometimes they fail. But not for a lack of safeties, protections, and a lack of back-up plans. It's a weak comparison because the situations are radically different. It be like comparing someone using a car and potentially causing a crime, and someone hacking into some nanotechnology to threaten millions of lives.
According to the SAO wikia, the Nerve Gear " is the first VR technology that has been mass-produced." Even if VR tech was available, it was likely limited and not on such a scale for a online RPG. Thus, a new situation.
And this is even a generous example. Many different entities manufacture and operate airplanes. In this show, it's established immediately that the Nerve Gear was invented by a single guy. Even if you assume that it went through years of testing, modification, and government inspection before being released to the public, as well as years of incident-free operation on the market (also established in the first episode), it's no where near inconceivable that the man who invented and directed the entire development of the technology could have built in a function that only he knew about, that only he would know exactly how to conceal from inspectors, and only he would know how to activate.
As for the construction of the Nerve Gear itself, the manufacturers would have known about it, or at least suspected something from the design of this Net Gear. Given the potential threat, someone would have taken apart the thing to make even would have worked. Heck, even a beta-testing player new about the Microwave in the helmet. A big red flag there.
Who said it was just one guy? Being a company game, they must have a team work on all the details, or the basic tech first.
If you can accept the fictional premise that a single man could conceive such a technology as virtual reality Nerve Gear (hardly the most unbelievable of sci-fi concepts), there's no reason not to accept that that person would know exactly how to manipulate said technology, especially after all the companies and government agencies concerned with such technology had already likely seen a large deal of profit from it.
That does bring into question if said Madman is actually being helped...
I can get that someone with the know how could manipulate new technology for personal gain. In fact, that's the major reason why people take steps to make sure it doesn't happen in the first place.
Just because the show is aimed at teenagers does not mean it is immune to criticism. Nor is that relevant to the discussion about the Nerve Gears.
Oh, and also, it's a cartoon made for teenagers, and it's silly to complain about such details in such a show.
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