Re: Matrix Shmatrix

John Quinley (
Mon, 12 Apr 1999 11:48:22 -0600

I saw the movie and found it to be quite interesting. I liked the movie quite a bit. It did bring up to the forefront of people's mind the possibility that we, as a species, will be creating AI's within the next few decades. We have to begin to prepare for all of the possibilities that might come up. Personally, I would rather err on the side of caution with this one, so movies showing the negative possibilities are as good, in my view, as movies showing the positive possibilities.

A couple of things about the movie. If they were going to use biological batteries, why use intelligent ones? Surely, it would be easier to fool chimps or cows than humans. Plus, wouldn't all of the humans have been clones? You would want to halt human evolution, wouldn't you? So why weren't all of the freedom fighters simply clones? How about clones with Down's Syndrome? Not to mention the fact that an artificial AI would be, oh, about a million times faster than a neural AI. Very unlikely that a human would be able to operate the Matrix faster than an artificial AI.

Just some thoughts.

John Quinley
"Believing is easier than thinking. Hence so many more believers than
thinkers." - Bruce Calvert