A boon for the death penalty
Primitive nations with a death penalty would see this as a win.
Palmer Luckey, originator of the device that evolved into the cornerstone of Mark Zuckerberg's crumbling metaverse empire, has developed a new headset with a twist: It can kill gamers in real life when they die in VR. Lest the idea of a billionaire being in possession of a murder headset concern you, Luckey said it's still …
Well according to history lessons from school, which I only vaguely recall from maaany years ago, we used to try witches with a ducking stool. If they didn't drown they must be a witch, so got burned at the stake (IIRC). If they did drown, oh, perhaps they weren't a witch after all.
Anybody that says this is a good idea has no actual memory of how often games crash / glitch, get hacked, network connections go bad, bathroom runs, etc.
I'd challenge the best player to survive a day in this. It does not matter your skill when the premise that the 'die in the game, die in real life' begins from is 'there are no errors in coding and no interruptions of service'.
Worry #1 is that he devised this idea.
Worry #2 is that having done so, he thought it would be fun to tell the rest of the world about it.
I mean, thanks dude for giving the world the impression that tech is full of creepy psychopaths. On the other hand, the argument that the huge capital gains from big tech acquisitions should be taxed more heavily has just got a lot easier.
Just when you thought he had bottomed out cruising along with the other fake "security company" scumbag, this clickbait weeb edgelord decided to jump back in the lime light to show us however much you hated him before, he's still going to find ways to amaze you.
This idiot's staggering ineptitude has already caused enough dark turns for the world. He personally cock blocked the AR/VR resurgence from happening by hogging the attention from the companies like HTC that actually produced gear that worked as advertised. He then sold the spotlight to the biggest A-holes on the internet, nearly handing control of the next generation of computing to Facebook, who thankfully bought the wrong company if they wanted to succeed(one of the many reasons why they didn't).
Why all the venom? Besides justifiable anger at what a odious POS this guy is, he seems hell bent on making the world worse than Orewell, Kafka, and Huxley combined. The stink of that is sticking to the industry he left, and now he has given one more reason for people to go full 5-G is evil crazy about a basic computing technology. Worse it what it says about him as a person. A non-sociopathic fan might have just made a cosplay replica of the shows gear that people would actually wear and use without potentially killing anyone. It's like someone showing off their razor-dick collection because they are such huge fans of the movie Seven. The Half-Life team sold FAKE headcrabs as hats, they didn't start trying to breed real ones.
What this project says about the man is that the police should start checking his property with a cadaver dog and looking for missing sex workers.
I don't know about the man's VR business ventures, but calling them a 'dark turn for the world' is very silly. VR not taking off isn't a disaster. In fact, we've been warned by facebook that it's probably better it doesn't take off. If it got more popular, then the metaverse might actually work, throwing us further into our tech dystopia. Making a vr headset that kills you, like in SAO, will NOT throw us further in. It's clearly a joke, and if it actually does get produced and sold (we're in the realm of fiction now), assuming that the headset is even real, then who's fault is it if you actually buy it and use it.
"if it actually does get produced and sold"
It will not. No government in the civilized world (whatever THAT means!) will allow it. Can you imagine the uproar the first time a kid used it, with the obvious result? And you know they would, in droves.
But I don't have a drove! —B. Bunny, Esq.
he opted for three explosive charge modules that he cryptically said he "usually use[s] for another project." Those charges are tied to narrow-band photosensors that can detect when the headset's display flashes red at a certain frequency "making game-over integration on the part of the developer very easy," Luckey said.
When the right game over screen appears, "the charges fire, instantly destroying the brain of the user."
No country for old men. Javier Bardem not needed here.