Amazing Demonstration or Viral Video Marketing Ploy? (Video)
Arthur C. Clarke once said that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." In today's world, he might have been tempted to add that "Any sufficiently advanced computer simulation is indistinguishable from reality."
For example, is the "Controlled Quantum Levitation on a Wipe'Out Track" video below real and was it actually posted by the "Japan Institute of Science and Technology"? Or, is it a carefully designed viral video marketing ploy by Sony to promote the Wipeout 2048 release of the popular game on the PlayStation Vita in 2012?
I'm not sure, though if I had to bet it would be on the viral video marketing ploy side of the wager. Why?
1) There doesn't appear to be a "Japan Institute of Science and Technology". There are some institutes and organizations with similar names, the closest being the Japan Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, but no exact match.
2) The Youtube video notes claim fair use, and say that no copyright intended in this video, then says "(C) Copyright! All rights reserved belong to Sony Entertainment and SCE Studio Liverpool."
3) More than anything, the video seems too professional and well executed to have come out of a research facility here.
But, I could be wrong. Actually, I would be very happy to be proven wrong, especially if it came with an invitation to visit their laboratory and see the levitation in actual operation.
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