Re: The Matrix

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Tue May 30 2000 - 13:17:51 MDT

Martin Ling wrote:
> On Wed, May 31, 2000 at 10:13:23AM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> >
> > Morpheus' explaination might be looked at as a reflection of how well any opponent
> > truly knows their enemy. Most conflict comes from misunderstanding, so it only
> > follows that the resistance would have an imperfect understanding of their enemy,
> > especially one so vast as the AI.
> >
> > The existence of the Oracle could simply be a user interface for a freindly AI that
> > has hacked the system to genetically engineer Neo. Remeber the warning about
> > 'indistinguisable from magic'.
> >
> > The Oracle predicted Morpheus' death, which was predictable given his lack of
> > understanding of the enemy. As Sun Tsu said, the path to victory is by knowing your
> > enemy and knowing yourself. Neo attained a good degree of that understanding in the
> > end, which is why he was able to win in the end.
> But she also predicted that Trinity would fall in love with Neo (long
> before any of the storyline), that Neo would have to choose between
> Morpheus' life and his own, that he would knock over the vase... yes,
> I'm willing to agree on 'sufficiently advanced technology'. But I just
> prefer to do it differently, thanks.

It is not that hard to believe that the Oracle could be an AI. Remember
that these AIs had complete access to the minds of Neo, Trinity, etc.
while they were in the Matrix growing up. The good AI could have built up
a "copy" of their minds (think uploading via training neural nets that
are hooked directly into your experiences) that it uses to run simulations
of what their near term actions will be.

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