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Kelly Parks
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This is a great movie in so many ways. But when I watch it I always fast forward through the scene where Morpheus explains to Neo about how the AIs use humans as batteries because the idea is SO FREAKING STUPID! It's the simplest of most obvious physics to demonstrate that you'd get more energy by taking the food you're feeding these people and burning it. That way you wouldn't lose the calories wasted by the incredibly inefficient heat engine known as the human body.

On top of that the movie repeats the lame catch phrase "scorched the sky" to explain how humans, who were losing the war, tried to cut off the AI’s solar energy supply by making the world permanently cloudy. But even the dim daylight shown in the movie would produce more solar energy than an equivalent mass of human beings. Plus, the AIs clearly have a high technology which means they'd be perfectly able to launch solar power satellites into orbit, providing all the energy they'd ever need.

That's not to mention a long list of other energy sources readily available. Did humans deplete all the geothermal energy? That would take a billion years. Take all the energy humanity has produced in its entire history, then take that number times a trillion and you still wouldn't be close to how much geothermal energy is contained within the Earth.

I'm not sure what the AIs were doing with all those people, but using them to generate electricity was not it.

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I was pleased to see no attempt to add to the ridiculous idea mentioned in the first film that the machines are using their unwitting human slaves as a power source. That's just plain stupid for a long list of reasons and they wisely skipped over it here.

On the other hand a lot of the computer references are as ancient as Tron. The story centers around a plan to get into the enemy "mainframe", an idea right out of the 70’s. Have these artificial intelligence programs not heard of distributed networks? Like, for example, the internet?* The internet has no "central" computer, nor does it need one. I find it hard to believe that these vastly more advanced computers would take such a giant step backwards.

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Eddie McMullen Jr.
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HA, Kelly! You only THINK there is such a thing as "Distributed Networks" and the "Internet" because that is what the Matrix WANTS you to think!

You have fallen for its RUSE!

Take the red pill and wake up to the REAL world, dude!

The Matrix is a highly evolved, steam powered, punch card driven abacus! And you are its paper tape tool! BWA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

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There is a very brief scene where a ship piloted by the good guys gets above ground and then, just for a moment, above the perpetual cloud cover. Trinity sees the sun for real, probably for the first time in her life. The sunny, beautiful world above the clouds is a huge contrast to the grim horror below. But it's also more proof that the whole "using people as batteries" idea (that's what we are told the machines are using people for: electricity) is stupid. Totally aside from the simple fact that burning the food you're feeding these people would provide more power than you'd ever get from their body heat (humans are poor heat engines), just a few miles up you've got as much solar energy as you want. The tech these machines have is plenty for solar cell covered blimps or solar power satellites. I don't know what they're using people for, but it ain't electricity.

This article copyright 2011 E.C.McMullen Jr.

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