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Re: OT: The Matrix (Was Re: OT: Re: art and language ...)

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Monday, June 2, 2003, 22:52
--- In, Tim May <butsuri@B...> wrote:
 > Joseph Fatula wrote at 2003-06-02 14:50:41 (-0700)
 >  > From: "Tim May" <butsuri@B...>
 >  > >
 >  > > Really, I'd have quite liked it if they'd just understood that
 >  > > humans are not net energy sources.
 >  >
 >  > It was Morpheus who claimed that humans were a source of energy,
 >  > and he certainly didn't understand the whole picture.  Perhaps the
 >  > robots used people for a small amount of energy just on the side.
 >  > But the real reason people were in the Matrix at all was for their
 >  > protection.
 >  >
 > Well, of course, it can make a lot more sense if Morpheus is wrong.
 > But that does mean that neither he nor anyone he's talked to in Zion
 > about the history of the Matrix understands basic thermodynamics,
 > which seems rather unlikely.  Then again, perhaps he was lying for
 > some reason.  Actually, my favourite rationalization of this
 > particular incongruity is that we, the audience, are in the Matrix,
 > and the laws of thermodynamics are a fiction designed to make us less
 > likely to suspect that we are in fact being used as batteries.

I usually keep myself sane by pretending that they're using
the unused portions of the human brains as their main supply
of CPU power.  That would explain the use of humans rather
than, say, cows (thanks to Scott Kurtz for bringing up
cows! [1]), and also why they keep their brains active.

-- Christian Thalmann