Its Not All That Bad

Richard said...

When the matrix takes over, your assimilation will be quick and painless.

7/11/2005 12:46 AM
The thing is, the Matrix as shown in the movies isn't all that bad, though there could be some changes made so that there are more benefits to humanity as they provide energy for the machines. What's the difference between living life as we know it and living life as we know it inside a virtual reality? Its not real? Um, yeah it is. You're still living, you're still forging relationships, you still manipulate your environment. Analog is no more real than digital.

The humans really had no good reason to leave the Matrix. You can rave in a giant mud cave in the Matrix too. Well, okay, they did have one good reason: leverage. Its like working in a union. "If you don't treat us right and give us this, this, and this, we strike." The machines don't have to intervene with human life inside the Matrix, but they do. Having the ability to leave the Matrix and break some shit gives the humans leverage to keep the machines out of their daily lives and maybe improve a few things. That's pretty much what Neo accomplished just before he died. (Yes, he died. Trinity's dead, Neo did his negotiation and being The One thing. There really isn't room for another sequel. What, they're going to make a The Matrix: Life Goes On just to show that Neo did live after all, but his life totally sucks because he no longer has anything to live for? Right, that's what fan fiction is for.)

One of the things I don't get is why the Matrix has to be the way it is. Agent Smith tells Morpheus that there were multiple versions of the Matrix and they failed because they were too utopian and humans just couldn't handle it. If the machines know enough about human neurobiology to put those plugs in them and physically wire them to a global network, can they not change the way the human mind works? Maybe they'd have to know more about human psychology which they obviously don't because they had to find a working model of the Matrix through trial and error.

With the Singularity its possible that this is how it could turn out. Its possible that greater-than-human intelligence, in whatever form it takes, won't find the need to keep humans around and will let us die off or exterminate us. Some consider death for the continuing growth of intelligence a worthwhile cause, but a Singularity for the benefit of mankind is what the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence was founded for. Same with the concept of Friendly AI.

P.S. The Matrix is third for most movie fan fictions. The top three are:
Pirates of the Caribbean (6801)
X-Men (4855)
The Matrix (2881)

lol, there are 13 Sweet Home Alabama fan fictions


Blogger Mr. Greene (and His Orchestra) said...

People think Neo didn't die? WTF? CHRIST FIGURE, people. He dies. The little machines carry his body away, in the shape of a cross, no less.

Sweet Home Alabama...wow.

7/12/2005 2:13 AM  

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