Tuesday, July 08, 2003

The Matrix Loses Its Way

“The dystopian, Luddite perspective of the Wachowski brothers can be seen in its view of the birth of artificial intelligence as the source of all evil. . . . Most of all, we are treated to a Luddite celebration of pure humanity, along with the 19th century and early 20th century technologies of rotary phones and old gearboxes, which presumably reflect human purity.” Artificial intelligence pioneer Ray Kurzweil has (surprisingly enough) a different view of the future—and has some interesting discussions about the way the Luddite views of the writers have affected the internal consistency of the films. (”The Matrix Loses Its Way: Reflections on ‘Matrix’ and ‘Matrix Reloaded’,” kurzweilai.net, May 18, 2003)

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