It's been a while, and all that, but Agent Smith claims that the Matrix is so crappy on the inside because when they made it a paradise, human minds couldn't cope.
Ahah, here's the quote:
Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization.
2013-03-04 08:47 pm (UTC)
Didn't they kind of cover that though? I thought in the first version of the Matrix, they made it a Utopia, but the people, erm, I dunno, rebelled or something, so it turned out humans don't like having perfect lives? Or am I misremembering?
2013-03-04 10:17 pm (UTC)
See my response to Clive :-)
Because it was a shit film.
Statistics suggest that we are probably living in a simulation anyway!
It's the thermodynamics I can't accept - humans would be a rubbish, highly inefficient, energy source.
It takes a certain amount of struggle to make life satisfying, in my admittedly subjective and entirely personal view, so I think that the writers were onto something vis à vis Smith's explanation of why the Matrix is not like the reality that you suggest, mon ami.
Having said that, I do think you are onto something in terms of the middle ground between the dreary existence that Neo seems to live and the kind of dream-like paradise that you are suggesting. I think that a believable level of life being extraordinary for everyone in their own experience of the simulation might well have been enough to render it engaging enough to stamp out the resistance.
As for the dodgy science, meh! If there are sentient machines and the technology to produce the Matrix in the first place, which both fall way beyond our current technological paradigm, then I am willing to suspend my disbelief that the aforementioned sentient machines could have found a tipping point to make us a viable power source, even if our current understanding of the science does not support it. You know, 'cos suspension of disbelief is actually a basic requirement for almost all forms of narrative storytelling to become satisfying.
I was tremendously disappointed to discover Neo had actually escaped the Matrix as opposed to discovering an alternative Matrix for malcontents who notice there is a Matrix and might cause trouble if their efforts weren't deflected into a suitable action-adventure simulation.
Anyone who disses paradise has never tried it!