Re: The Matrix

From: James Rogers (
Date: Tue May 30 2000 - 07:05:55 MDT

On Sun, 28 May 2000, Ross A. Finlayson wrote:
> They are certainly many scenes in the movie that do not correspond to hard
> science, nor to precedence within the movie. When Trinity shoots the agent
> on the roof, she says "dodge this", why does he not? Well that it did not.

It actually goes beyond this. Why do any of the agents bullets ever miss?

It seems that the agents have virtually unlimited processing capacity at
their disposal but limited bandwidth into the Matrix, less apparently
than even the humans. Clearly the agents aren't a physical part of the
Matrix, otherwise they would be able respond almost instantaneously to
rapidly changing event streams in the Matrix.

One thing that is clear from the movie, and which may have ramifications
in the sequels, is that there seem to be several very large systems in
existence with Matrix-class computational abilities, all of which are
loosely interconnected. These systems appear to be quite capable of
running one or more AIs.

The movie shows a basic human versus machine conflict, but it seems to me
that this is only because the movie was written from the perspective of the
humans there. I suspect that the larger picture includes several different
players, most of which are not human. Certain aspects of the plot seem to
suggest this, almost to the extent that the humans are pawns in someone
else's game. For example, the humans in aggregate may very well have more
aggregate bandwidth into the Matrix than the parties that actually control
the Matrix. An enemy of the current owner of the Matrix may have an
interest in helping the humans subvert the Matrix if it has damaging
consequences to the owner.

-James Rogers

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