- 1 Why did the Wachowski Brothers write The Matrix
- 2 Who first thought of The Matrix
- 3 What was The Matrix inspired by
- 4 What is the real message of The Matrix
- 5 Why did Agent Smith want out of The Matrix
- 6 Did Einstein believe in the Matrix
- 7 What religion is the matrix based on
- 8 Why was Trinity in The Matrix in the beginning
- 9 Where did the Wachowski brothers get the idea for The Matrix
Why did the Wachowski Brothers write The Matrix
By Tim Pelan Few films permeate the gestalt consciousness like Star Wars (“I am your father”, “Use the Force” and so on) but in recent times The Matrix comes close, its threads like a computer worm hardwired into our neural processors. Creators the Wachowskis’ ideas weren’t new, but their delivery system was radical—Baudrillard by way of bullet time, a multiple cinematic fusion of philosophical, literary, and spiritual connectedness via cyberpunk fiction, Japanese anime and Hong Kong martial-arts influences.
A quest for the human condition—”Now I know Kung-Fu,” “There is no spoon”—mantras to rival anything dreamed up by George Lucas.1999 was a watershed not just for science fiction cinema with both this and The Phantom Menace being released, but for how action was to be ever more choreographed as well. The Wachowski siblings were working on The Matrix since 1992, when a friend asked them to develop an original comic book concept.
Rising to the challenge, they went deep down the rabbit hole (to use one of many references that crop up in the film), fleshing out a potential (and later realised) trilogy, banking on the success of the core concept that they now saw as much bigger than a comic, or indeed, single film—although they had artist Steve Skroce (and later Hardboiled artist Geoff Darrow) storyboard out pretty much the entire film to their meticulous direction,
This allowed them to be very precise when it came to budgeting and visual-effects requirements. They then presented said storyboards to Warner Bros executives at a story meeting (the studio had optioned their script in 1994). Lilly Wachowski recalled the lightbulb went on for the suits at that moment: “We went into the first Warner Brothers story meeting and they said, ‘Okay, now we know we’ve bought something cool; we just don’t know what it is.'” As Laurence Fishburne’s classically named guide Morpheus (and the poster tagline) would have it, “No one can be told what The Matrix is.
You’ll have to see it for yourself.” So—what is The Matrix? “The premise for The Matrix began with the idea that everything in our world, every single fibre of reality, is actually a simulation created in a digital universe,” Lana Wachowski explained to American Cinematographer (the “present” of the film’s action is a destroyed earth circa 2197—the simulacra world of The Matrix our heroes traverse a dreary then present 1999.) “Once you start dealing with an electronic reality, you can really push the boundaries of what may be humanly and visually possible.” In the film’s world, artificial intelligence, much like Skynet in The Terminator, became sentient, only it wasn’t just the machines who destroyed the world as such in the ensuing battle, but mankind, blocking the sun to drain the machines’ power source, solar energy.
The machines instead began harvesting human bodies in womb-like pods, feeding off the BTUs (British Thermal Units) we produce, stimulating minds with an elaborate virtual reality—the Matrix. A world much like our own when the film was released. Everything we do, everything we think, consume, enjoy and dread, is a computer simulation of life before the machines.
(The “dream” world is mundane because our brains couldn’t handle paradise.) A small band of rebels led by Morpheus and Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) have figured this out and escaped the pods, becoming free roaming rebels in the real world aboard their craft The Nebuchadnezzar, whilst downloading themselves into the Matrix.
Once in there, with pre-programmed skills and awareness of “the rules” and how to transcend them (via studio gravity defying wire-work fights and ” bullet time” Flo-Mo cameras, traversing around impossible moves in virtually frozen slow motion), they fight a never ending war against the system’s agents, namely Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), a program who has come to loathe humans as a pestilence.
The Agents can consume and take on the form of any regular human plugged into the Matrix, making them a very tricky foe to evade or take down. Each side wears sunglasses not just to look cool—a kind of personal firewall? Agent Smith only lowers his guard when he interrogates Morpheus, and when he fights Neo.
- Neo shatters one lens, hinting at “the truth” of his power to Smith.
- Morpheus is a seeker for and true believer in “The One” who can do what no-one else can—see the Matrix for what it is and manipulate its code, changing reality.
- And that “One”is Neo, Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a lowly programmer for a faceless company in the Matrix, who hacks by night under his Neo pseudonym, and dreams that there is much more to the world than he has been led to believe Morpheus tells him, “This is your last chance.
After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” Elegantly, in the close-up of Morpheus’ pince-nez shades, each pill is reflected separately in his outstretched palms.
- In one lens, with the red pill, Neo’s arm is raised to take it; in the other, the blue pill, with no arm visible.
- The Wachowskis attention to detail is sublime.
- There’s a lot to unpack in The Matrix if you choose to (the Wachowskis said it included “Every idea we’ve ever had in our fucking lives.”).
- Certainly Reeves subscribes to the depth of sincere philosophical underpinning that elevates the black leather trench coat wearing, ice cool bullet ballet which lesser films mimic.
Once he was picked for the role (over the more predictable Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer and Nicolas Cage), he was required to read three weighty tomes— Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard, Out of Control by Kevin Kelly (on systems, evolution, robots), and Evolutionary Psychology by Dylan Evans and Oscar Zarate.
- It’s about matters of the heart, about belief, about overthrowing systems, about cause and effect, about the philosophies of an examined life, about a compassionate society, a compassionate consciousness.
- It’s in every fucking frame of it,” he told a cornered Empire on the set of the sequel, The Matrix Reloaded,
“What people tend to look at is the guns and action sequences, but one of the things I was most touched by in the pieces was the emotional intimacy and the vulnerability that the Wachowskis wrote.” The Matrix, apart from a few early action moments, takes its time in stylishly explaining the mystery around its core concept, trusting in the intelligence and curiosity of its audience to follow “through the looking glass.” Keanu Reeves became a very different kind of soulful action star here from the Hollywood norm, an audience avatar even further removed from the “ordinary Joe” type like Bruce Willis’ John McClane (who by now was becoming more of a cartoon, inching towards the muscle bound Arnie and Sly types he usurped earlier).
Film writer Angelica Jade Bastién rhapsodised for Bright Wall/Dark Room about his almost subversive qualities on screen, at ” The Crossroads of Virile and Vulnerable “—talking about the earlier Point Break, she remarks that “He carries himself with a supple vulnerability, at times even a passivity, that seems at odds with the expectations for an action star,” and how he allows himself to be initiated into Patrick Swayze’s gang of robbers/surfers with the assistance of Lori Petty’s Tyler.
“This artful dynamic—a woman of greater skill guiding a passive man into a world beyond his imagination—develops even further in The Matrix (1999),” she elaborates. “Some of this, of course, exists on a plot level. But Keanu tends to let his scene partners take the lead, becoming almost a tabula rasa on which they (and we) can project our ideas of what it means to be a hero, a man, a modern action star.” Neo, out of ammo on the roof of the building where Morpheus is held, and before he learns to “move like they (the Agents) do,” isn’t afraid to almost yelp, “Uh, Trinity, help!” Later, when facing down Agent Smith and he’s outmanoeuvred and peppered with bullets, dying in the Matrix, fading in the real world (“The body cannot exist without the mind,” Morpheus told him earlier), Trinity transgressively revives this sleeping Prince with a kiss, as sparks fly from Sentinels attack on the Nebuchadnezzar.
And of course there is the cryptic Oracle (Gloria Foster), a friendly, older, cookie baking mother figure to gifted youngsters who “tests” our hero, allowing him to come to his own realisation of who he is. Critic Bilge Ebiri spoke recently with the man who stunt doubled for Reeves on The Matrix, and now directs him in the John Wick series, Chad Stahelski.
“Back in the day,” he told him, “fight scenes were secondary to car chases and horse chases and helicopter chases and motorboat chases.” Fights consisted of “single-gun battle stuff or Arnold Schwarzenegger pummelling you to death with his hands.” Stahelski went through an arduous audition process with legendary Hong Kong fight coordinator Yuen Woo-Ping, who insisted the four lead actors also commit to four months of pre-production fight training.
They said, ‘Just do what this guy does; copy him.’ I emerged an hour-and-a-half later, dripping in sweat, having gone through every martial-art combination, kick, flip, tumbling pass It is still, to this day, the longest and most arduous audition I’d ever been to, and I’d been completely unprepared.
It was the first time I’d ever met Keanu. We took a couple of photos together and I split.” A few months later he was called back again, put through the same moves, and offered the job, but had to turn it down due to TV scheduling commitments. When Keanu Reeves injured his neck and his fight training was pushed back, the gods smiled on Stahelski and the job was his.
- He travelled out to Australia to join the crew.
- Training with Keanu, with the Hong Kong guys, everybody had to memorize everything.
- They demanded a lot.
- And the Wachowskis were meticulous, to say the least.
- The storyboards were hundreds and hundreds of pages.
- I still have my copy of them.
- And I shit you not, they are almost the exact movie.
The edit points might be slightly different, but it is so well-boarded and so well-thought-out and conceptually almost identical to what’s on the big screen anyone who’s worked for the Wachowskis who’s still mentally functioning is forever and positively influenced by them.” After The Matrix, Stahelski graduated to running a company specifically based on fight choreography, and of course directing his former shadow.
- American films now have action based more around fights, with leading actors front and centre where possible.
- Today, action movies want their big sequences designed around the fights The Matrix said, ‘Look what you can do with your heroes.'” (Nowadays, the revitalised Mission Impossible franchise, with the winning team of writer-director Chris McQuarrie and human Duracell bunny Tom Cruise has thrillingly re-energised the action genre—”Now I know how to fly a helicopter/HALO jump and act at the same time/run the length of London’s South Bank in long, continuous takes.” Eat yer heart out, Keanu.) Director of photography Bill Pope, who worked with the Wachowskis on their previous self-penned lower budget lesbian noir thriller Bound (described by producer Joel Silver as a test of what they could direct, denied by the siblings), was also an enthusiastic convert to the Wachowskis’ Hong Kong boundaries pushing style.
The shoot took over every sound stage in Sydney, Australia, then offering lucrative tax breaks for filming. Nobody knew or cared about what was going on there. Revolution was unfolding under Hollywood’s noses, “My prep for The Matrix consisted of two months of scheduling and rescheduling,” Pope told American Cinematographer,
- The Wachowskis were swamped with many concerns because of the film’s level of complexity.
- Everything had to be preconceived and explained The future world is cold, dark and riddled with lightning, so we left the lighting a bit bluer and made it dark as hell.
- Also, the future reality is very grimy because there’s no reason to clean it—only the pods need to be sterile.
Because humans haven’t actually manufactured anything for a hundred years, anything that had been manufactured is now old and rusty.” (The human rebels aboard their craft are softer lit, hair more natural, clothing hemp-like. As they eat their soy-based slop youngest crewmember Mouse (Matt Doran) enthusiastically quizzes Neo on how the machines know what Tasty Wheat is supposed to taste like in the Matrix, and why chicken tastes like everything else.) “We didn’t necessarily want the Matrix world to resemble our present world,” adds Pope.
“We didn’t want any cheery blue skies. In Australia, the sky is a brilliant blue virtually all the time, but we wanted bald, white skies. All of our Trans Light backings were altered to have white skies, and on actual exterior shots in which we see a lot of sky, we digitally enhanced the skies to make them white.
Additionally, since we wanted the Matrix reality to be unappealing, we asked ourselves, ‘What is the most unappealing colour?’ I think we all agreed on green, so for those scenes, we sometimes used green filters, and I’d add a little bit of green in the colour timing.” Additionally, the interiors of The Matrix world are often somewhat rigid, machine-like–square shapes, grids in everything, from wall and ceiling panels to the lobby our heroes Trinity and Neo destroy in an orgy of bullet letting in a do or die rescue mission to free a captured Morpheus.
At one point the script reads, ” His GUN BOOMS as we ENTER the liquid space of Bullet-Time,” How to illustrate this phenomenon on screen? Senior visual effect supervisor at EON, John Gaeta saw himself first as a designer, as well as an animation director, and the liaison between the Wachowskis and all of the other visual effects supervisors.
“Bullet Time” was a key ingredient to the overall look. Gaeta had 120 still cameras shoot in a controlled sequence, with a computer providing all the missing frames using a new technique known as motion estimation. A more primitive form had been used previously in advertising.
- The idea is that the time and space of the camera is detached from that of its subject, which makes it seem virtual,” Gaeta told Creative Planet Network,
- The object is real, but you have a sort of God’s eye perspective or the control you might have in a game or a virtual reality simulation.
- However, the bullet-time technology of the late nineties was restricted to the camera paths that you determined in advance, using pre-viz.
There was no straying from that path. Thusly it was not really virtual, it just suggested the virtual.” For the sequels, a step up was required. “What we wanted to do was try to create the technology that was being suggested, and what that really involved was attempting to create virtual components of human beings doing dynamic things within the locations and sets that were being made for the film.
So we took the beginnings of the possibilities of the image-based rendering method on the backgrounds in the first film and tried to create a real-time performance capture system. It needed to acquire the shapes of human beings and the textures and all of that, but also to process them into virtual humans that gave exactly the same performances that we were acquiring from the actors.
The result of that is virtual cinema and virtual effects.” Copies of copies. Multiple Smiths. “Me, me, me,” he smirks in immediate sequel The Matrix Reloaded, a perfect narcissistic psychopathology for our times. The sequels developed the world of The Matrix further, with confusing additional levels of deception and artifice, the suggestion of constant renewal in the fight for dominance and true balance.
Enigmatic new characters also, the Will Ferrell parodied Architect, and rogue programs like The Merovingian and his Twin bodyguards, exiles who traverse The Matrix to their own design. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? a Merovingian Rhapsody if you like. At the very end of The Matrix, satisfyingly and cleanly open ended to possibility, Neo throws down a challenge to the machines over a phone line: “I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see.
I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.” He then steps out of the phone booth and serenely observes the crowds swarm around him, like ants around a boulder.
- He dons his shades and raises his head to look momentarily directly and challengingly, into the lens, at us.
- From the film’s pre-millennium Y2K bug unease, “Red pilling” has now been unfortunately co-opted by Gamergate misogynists and their successors, “waking up” white supremacist sympathisers to their perceived oppressors—feminists, people of colour and liberals.
“Fake news,” and bots infiltrating social media feeds to manipulate elections and referendums now permeate and poison modern life. The Matrix surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the world together with malign intent, to co-opt the words of another sage warrior.
Who first thought of The Matrix
– Jean Baudrillard, a French philosopher and sociologist, wrote dozens of books. But his ideas may have found their biggest platform in the movie The Matrix, Baudrillard died Tuesday at the age of 77. MELISSA BLOCK, host: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I’m Melissa Block.
- MICHELE NORRIS, host:
- And I’m Michele Norris.
- Fans of “The Matrix” movies, a moment of silence please – John Baudrillard has died.
- BLOCK: Baudrillard was the French philosopher whose radical ideas about the blurring lines between simulation and reality influenced the makers of the hugely successful movie trilogy.
- Professor WILLIAM WARNER (Chairman, English Department, University of California): What’s interesting about Baudrillard is that a new technology emerged that seemed to confirm his theory.
- NORRIS: Professor William Warner chairs the English Department at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and he teaches about Baudrillard and “The Matrix” in a class about digital culture.
Prof. WARNER: At its most basic, virtual reality uses computers to produce powerful simulations of the experience of those who are plugged in to its sensory devices. Baudrillard’s theory offered a way to imagine the creation of a simulation so powerful that those who inhabit it would take it for reality.
- NORRIS: That was the book where Baudrillard most clearly – if clearly is a word that should ever be used in a sentence about French postmodern philosophy -articulated his theory.
- BLOCK: In another scene from the movie, Laurence Fishburne’s character quotes Baudrillard directly.
- (Soundbite of movie, “The Matrix”)
Mr. LAURENCE FISHBURNE (Actor): (As Morpheus) Welcome to the desert of the real. (Soundbite of explosion) NORRIS: The philosopher was ambivalent about his influence on “The Matrix.” He claimed to have declined an offer to help write the sequels, and apparently he felt that Disneyland was actually the perfect illustration of his theory about the simulated nature of contemporary reality.
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What was The Matrix inspired by
How Did ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Inspire ‘The Matrix’? – Image via Warner Bros. After the potential coincidence of Megazone 23, arguably the greatest influence on The Matrix – anime or otherwise – is the 1995 adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga Ghost in the Shell, directed by Mamoru Oshii, This anime scored a global audience, including filmmakers like James Cameron,
- As the story goes, the Wachowskis went to Hollywood producer Joel Silver with a copy of Ghost in the Shell and said, “We want to do this for real,” a story almost always told second-hand, as the Wachowskis did precious few interviews.
- Even on camera in the documentary The Matrix Revisited, they’re evasive or disengaged, letting sentences trail off for the other to finish.
They certainly weren’t jumping to answer our burning questions about The Matrix, even withholding the central metaphor for two decades. And maybe this was strategic because the influence is so striking it threatens to become something else. The iconic green text of The Matrix, termed “digital rain,” is a riff on the opening sequence of Ghost in the Shell, which cuts between the making of a cyborg and flashes of green numbers that form the credits.
Neo and Ghost in the Shell protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi are both seized by giant robot claws, and they take cover behind concrete pillars decimated by gunfire. Both films feature exploding watermelons in a market chase, bullet impacts in water, and a man/machine interface in the back of the head.
Well, The Matrix is the back of the head while Ghost in the Shell is more the neck, and a lot less violent. Put side to side, these references are staggering, and yet, such a direct comparison exists, at least unofficially, on a 16-year-old YouTube video with half a million views.
What is the real message of The Matrix
Fate vs. Free Will in the Matrix and the Real World – When Morpheus asks Neo to choose between a red pill and a blue pill, he essentially offers the choice between fate and free will. In the Matrix, fate rules—since the world is preconstructed and actions predetermined, all questions already have answers and any choice is simply the illusion of choice.
- In the real world, humans have the power to change their fate, take individual action, and make mistakes.
- Neo chooses the red pill—real life—and learns that free will isn’t pretty.
- The real world is a mess, dangerous and destitute.
- Pleasure exists almost entirely in the world of the Matrix, where it’s actually only a computer construct.
Cypher, who regrets choosing the red pill and ultimately chooses to return to the Matrix, views any pleasure, even false pleasure, as better than no pleasure at all. Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the others in Zion, of course, value free will and reality no matter how unpleasant they may be.
The Matrix trilogy suggests that everyone has the individual responsibility to make the choice between the real world and an artificial world. Though Neo is the exemplar of free will, fate plays a large role in his adventure. Neo relies on the Oracle, and everything she says comes true in some way. If she can see around time and guide Neo to the right decision at each encounter, he doesn’t have to exhibit much, if any, free will.
Morpheus tries to describe the Oracle as a “guide,” not someone who knows the future, and at the end of the trilogy she tells Seraph that she actually knew nothing, she only believed. Nonetheless, the Oracle is always right, raising doubts about how much free Neo actually has.
Why was the first Matrix so good?
Why The Sequels Feel Lackluster – The sequels did what any would do with an unexpected mega-hit. Lily and Lana Wachowski went bigger, but as the saying goes, that’s not always better. They even made tie-in media like the Animatrix and a video game with live-action cutscenes filmed from the set of The Matrix: Reloaded and Revolutions,
- The story got huge and so there came more they needed to tie in with the already thick Matrix lore.
- But as fans of other massive franchises know, the bigger you go, the harder you can fall.
- The Matrix got overrun by the weeds of its own story to the point of not cutting itself out.
- In came scenes of minutes and minutes of characters going on about ideas that mostly just confused the audience.
The sequels presented audiences with amazing concepts and ideas, but they weren’t presented as supplemental content to the story or action of the original. Instead, they were presented more as the content itself, with the action only serving as interruptions to the conversations.
The major consensus of the sequels is that the films went epic, but got muddled in their attempt to expand on their own lore. They just weren’t as tight and precise as The Matrix was and the massive ideas they were dealing with, only made it worse. The ideas grew and evolved from the first installment, but the action lost almost all of its magic.
The first film had a balance of everything from action to philosophy. Every character had motivation, and the film presented questions, but answered them along the way. The sequels went down their own rabbit hole and didn’t really know what to do with some of their characters.
For example, Morpheus was very much at the forefront of the first film, as his motivation was at the heart of the story: Did he find the one? But by the end of the film, that question is answered, and instead of giving him something new to hold onto, he lost all motivation in the sequels. For a character as massive as Morpheus, that isn’t a good sign for the rest of the film showing.
For the most part, the only characters that had anything as far as depth and growth in the sequels were Trinity and Neo, the two biggest characters of the trilogy.
Why did Agent Smith want out of The Matrix
Design – Smith and other Agents as mannequins All Agents (other than Agents Perry and Pace from The Matrix Online game, and the modal version of Agent Smith that becomes Morpheus in The Matrix Resurrections ) are white males, as opposed to the population of Zion, which contains people of many ethnic groups.
Agents wear rectangular sunglasses, dark green business suits and neckties, and earpiece radios; after Smith loses his status as an Agent, his suit and tie turn black, his sunglasses take on an angled contour that approximates the rounded shape of the ones Neo wears, and he removes his earpiece and sends it to Neo.
In contrast to the other Agents who show apathy toward the human race, Smith harbors an acute disgust with humanity. In the first film, he expresses a desire to leave the Matrix to escape its repulsive taint, and reasons that with Zion destroyed, his services will no longer be required, allowing him in some sense to ‘leave’ the Matrix.
- This at least partially explains his extreme antagonism towards Neo, who fights relentlessly to save Zion.
- Other Agents have common English names like Brown, Jones, and Thompson,
- It was mentioned in the Philosopher Commentary on the DVD collection that the names of Smith, Brown, and Jones may be endemic to the system itself, demonstrating a very “robotic” mindset on the part of the Machines.
Neo’s solitary role as the One is contrasted by Smith, who, by replicating himself, becomes “the many”. When Neo asks the Oracle about Smith, the Oracle explains that Smith is Neo’s opposite and his negative, the result of the Matrix’s governing equations trying to balance themselves.
Unlike the other characters in The Matrix, Smith almost always refers to Neo as “Mr. Anderson”. He calls him “Neo” only once in each part of the trilogy: the first time when he is interviewing Neo about his double life, the second when he is dropping off his earpiece for Neo, and the third when he is repeating a line of his vision to Neo.
Weaving said of the film series in 2003 that it was always going to be a trilogy, and that as Neo’s nemesis, Smith was always going to be there, describing Smith as “more of a free agent” later on in the series.
Did Einstein believe in the Matrix
Heisenberg’s work – Finding it too formal, Einstein believed that Werner Heisenberg ‘s matrix mechanics was incorrect. He changed his mind when Erwin Schrödinger and others demonstrated that the formulation in terms of the Schrödinger equation, based on wave–particle duality was equivalent to Heisenberg’s matrices.
Who controls the Matrix?
|”||I am The Architect. I created the Matrix, ”|
|― The Architect to Neo|
The Architect is a highly specialized program of the Machine world, as well as the creator of the Matrix, As the primary superintendent of the system, he is possibly a collective manifestation or perhaps a virtual representation of the entire Machine mainframe.
How do you escape the Matrix?
How matrix controls individuals? – Societal norms Societal norms refer to the unwritten rules, expectations, and values that guide behavior in a given society. These norms are often based on cultural beliefs, traditions, and historical precedents, and can vary widely between different communities and regions.
- As an individual, I am influenced by societal norms in many ways.
- For example, I may feel pressure to conform to traditional gender roles, such as being expected to act in a certain way or pursue certain career paths based on my gender.
- Additionally, I may be influenced by societal norms around social behavior, such as how I dress, speak, or interact with others in different settings.
Societal norms can be both explicit and implicit, and they can be enforced by a variety of social institutions, such as schools, religious organizations, and the media. These norms can have a powerful influence on my thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, shaping my understanding of what is considered “normal” or “acceptable” in my society.
- However, it is important to remember that societal norms are not fixed or immutable.
- They can change over time as social attitudes and beliefs evolve, and individuals have the power to challenge and reshape these norms through their actions and advocacy.
- By questioning societal norms and advocating for change, I can help to create a more inclusive and equitable society.
Education Education refers to the process of acquiring knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes through formal or informal means. As an individual, I have likely experienced education through formal institutions such as schools, colleges, or universities, as well as informal sources such as books, the internet, and personal experiences.
- Formal education often involves structured programs of study that are designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their chosen fields.
- These programs may include lectures, readings, assignments, exams, and other forms of assessment that are used to evaluate an individual’s progress and understanding of the subject matter.
However, education is not limited to formal programs of study. Individuals can also learn through informal means such as self-directed learning, on-the-job training, and personal experiences. These informal sources of education can be just as valuable as formal education in helping individuals develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to succeed in life.
Corporate structures Corporate structures refer to the organizational systems, policies, and practices that govern how businesses operate. As an individual, I have likely encountered corporate structures in a variety of settings, whether as an employee, a customer, or a member of the general public. Corporate structures can vary widely depending on the size, industry, and culture of a given company.
They can include formal policies and procedures, hierarchical management structures, and systems for evaluating and rewarding employee performance. For example, as an employee, I may have experienced corporate structures through policies around dress codes, attendance, and performance metrics.
- I may also have encountered hierarchical management structures, where decisions and directives flow from upper management down to lower-level employees.
- Corporate structures can have a significant impact on the well-being and success of employees, customers, and the broader community.
- For example, a company with a toxic corporate culture may foster an environment of stress, burnout, and low morale among its employees.
Alternatively, a company with a strong commitment to employee well-being may prioritize work-life balance, professional development opportunities, and fair compensation. As an individual, I can play a role in shaping corporate structures by advocating for positive change and holding companies accountable for their actions. Escaping the matrix can be a complex and challenging process, as it involves breaking free from the deeply ingrained societal norms, cultural beliefs, and personal habits that shape our perceptions and behaviors. Question your assumptions Questioning your assumptions is an important step in challenging your own beliefs and biases.
As an individual, I can practice questioning my assumptions by regularly reflecting on my own thoughts and actions, and being open to considering alternative perspectives. This might involve asking myself questions like, “What assumptions am I making about this situation?” or “What beliefs or biases might be influencing my thinking?” By being mindful of my own assumptions and biases, I can begin to explore new ideas and ways of thinking that may challenge my preconceptions.
Questioning my assumptions can also involve seeking out diverse perspectives and experiences. This might mean reading books or articles that challenge my beliefs, engaging with people from different backgrounds or cultures, or exploring new hobbies or interests.
Ultimately, questioning my assumptions is about being open to growth and change, and recognizing that my own perceptions and beliefs may not always be accurate or complete. By embracing this mindset, I can continue to learn and grow, and develop a more nuanced and inclusive understanding of the world around me.
Seek out new experiences As an individual, seeking out new experiences is an important step in broadening my horizons and challenging my assumptions. This might involve trying new foods, traveling to new places, or engaging with people from different cultures or backgrounds.
- By exposing myself to new and unfamiliar experiences, I can expand my understanding of the world and develop a more nuanced and empathetic perspective.
- This can help me to break down barriers and promote understanding across different groups and communities.
- To seek out new experiences, I can make a conscious effort to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things.
This might involve signing up for a class or workshop in a new area, attending a cultural event or festival, or even just striking up a conversation with someone I might not normally interact with. Seeking out new experiences can also involve being open to serendipitous opportunities that arise in my daily life.
This might mean saying yes to an invitation from a friend, taking a different route to work, or simply being more mindful and present in my daily activities. Seeking out new experiences is about embracing a sense of curiosity and adventure, and recognizing that there is always more to learn and discover about the world around me.
Practice critical thinking As an individual, practicing critical thinking involves developing the ability to evaluate information and ideas more objectively, and to identify biases and logical fallacies. This can help me to make more informed decisions and avoid being swayed by misleading or manipulative messaging.
- To practice critical thinking, I can start by questioning assumptions and seeking out evidence to support or challenge different perspectives.
- This might involve conducting research, fact-checking claims, and looking for multiple sources of information.
- I can also work on developing my analytical skills by evaluating arguments and evidence in a systematic and logical way.
This might involve breaking down complex arguments into their component parts, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and considering alternative perspectives. Another key aspect of practicing critical thinking is being aware of my own biases and assumptions, and actively working to overcome them.
- This might involve regularly reflecting on my own thinking processes and beliefs, seeking out diverse perspectives, and being open to feedback and constructive criticism.
- Ultimately, practicing critical thinking is about being able to approach information and ideas with a sense of skepticism and discernment, and making decisions based on sound reasoning and evidence rather than emotional or ideological appeals.
Developing empathy Developing empathy involves the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, and to respond to their needs and concerns with kindness and compassion. To develop empathy, I can start by actively listening to others and seeking to understand their perspectives and experiences.
- This might involve asking open-ended questions, reflecting on their responses, and showing genuine interest and concern.
- I can also work on developing my emotional intelligence by recognizing and managing my own emotions, and being able to empathize with others in different situations.
- This might involve practicing mindfulness, meditation, or other techniques for managing stress and anxiety.
Another important aspect of developing empathy is being able to put myself in other people’s shoes and consider their needs and concerns as if they were my own. This might involve imagining different scenarios and perspectives, or actively seeking out diverse experiences and perspectives to broaden my understanding of the world.
Ultimately, developing empathy is about being able to connect with others on a deeper level, and recognizing our shared humanity and interconnectedness. By practicing empathy, I can become a more compassionate and understanding person, and contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious society. Take Final Action To take action, I can start by identifying areas where I can make a positive impact, whether it’s in my personal life, my community, or on a larger scale.
This might involve setting goals, making plans, and taking concrete steps towards achieving them. I can also work on developing my leadership skills, and being able to inspire and motivate others to take action alongside me. This might involve communicating my vision, building coalitions and partnerships, and delegating tasks and responsibilities as needed.
- Another important aspect of taking action is being able to adapt and adjust my approach as circumstances change.
- This might involve being flexible and open to feedback, and being able to pivot or course-correct as needed.
- Ultimately, taking action is about being able to turn my ideas and aspirations into tangible results, and making a positive difference in the world.
By taking action, I can contribute to positive change and make a meaningful impact on the world around me. Escaping the Matrix: How Alternative Business Models Can Help You Take Control of Your Life and Build a Better World In today’s world, many people feel trapped within the confines of societal norms and corporate structures, which can prevent them from reaching their full potential and living fulfilling lives.
To escape the matrix and regain control over our lives, one approach is to explore alternative business models that prioritize individual autonomy and social responsibility. One way to escape the matrix is to embrace entrepreneurship and start a business that aligns with our personal values and passions.
By creating our own business, we can develop a sense of autonomy and control over our work, and pursue a career that is fulfilling and meaningful to us. Additionally, we can design our business around principles of social responsibility and sustainability, which can help us to make a positive impact on the world and align with our personal values.
Another approach to escaping the matrix is to explore alternative business models, such as cooperatives, employee-owned businesses, or social enterprises. These models prioritize collaboration and collective decision-making, and can provide a more equitable and democratic workplace environment. By joining or creating a business that operates on these principles, we can gain a sense of control and ownership over our work, while also contributing to a more just and equitable society.
Overall, by embracing alternative business models and prioritizing individual autonomy and social responsibility, we can escape the matrix and regain control over our lives. Whether through entrepreneurship or collaborative business models, we can create a career and a life that aligns with our personal values and helps to build a better world for all.
Conclusion The matrix that controls our world and individual lives can feel overwhelming and oppressive, but it’s not an insurmountable obstacle. By questioning our assumptions, seeking out new experiences, practicing critical thinking, developing empathy, and taking action, we can begin to break free from the limitations that hold us back.
In addition, alternative business models offer a powerful way to escape the matrix and regain control over our lives. Whether through entrepreneurship, cooperatives, employee-owned businesses, or social enterprises, we can create a career and a life that aligns with our personal values and helps to build a better world for all.
- While escaping the matrix may not be easy, it is possible with dedication, perseverance, and a commitment to living a life of purpose and meaning.
- By embracing alternative business models and prioritizing individual autonomy and social responsibility, we can break free from the limitations that hold us back and create a more just and equitable world for ourselves and for future generations.
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What film did the Matrix copy?
The Matrix (1999) – Ghost in the Shell (1995) – Some of the most iconic aspects of The Matrix, and those most central to its plot, come directly from Mamoru Oshii ‘s Ghost In The Shell, These include the green digital typography (which in The Matrix is apparently made out of Japanese characters from a sushi book), brain-computer interfaces that allow the characters to plug into virtual reality, and characters who discover the true nature of their existence.
What religion is the matrix based on
Released on Easter weekend in 1999, The Matrix suggested a parallel between Neo and Christ, both of whom are resurrected. Neo is referred to throughout the Matrix trilogy as the One, that is, the chosen one, which also describes Christ—a messiah, sent to deliver salvation.
- References to Christianity proliferate in the films, and the Matrix films are an allegory for the Christian faith and that Neo is a modern-day Jesus.
- This interpretation is only one of the many possible readings of the films’ symbolism and references.
- The Matrix trilogy is remarkable for the breadth and depth of its religious references, not just its references to Christianity.
Though pervasive and often thorough, none of the religious references build into a cohesive allegory, and many of them appear and disappear quickly. The trilogy refers not only to Christianity but also to Judaism, Eastern religions, Hinduism, and others.
Is Matrix inspired by Buddhism?
The movie The Matrix and its sequels draw explicitly on imagery from a number of sources, including in particular Buddhism, Christianity, and the writings of Jean Baudrillard. A perspective is offered on the perennial philosophical question ‘What is real?
Why is the Matrix so philosophical?
The Matrix, a science fiction film created by the Wachowskis, is probably one of the most influential movies ever made. The story starts when computer programmer Thomas Anderson, operating as a hacker under the alias “Neo,” discovers the truth about the world he’s living in, as he becomes aware of the existence of something known as “The Matrix.” After looking for a man named Morpheus who can tell him more about the Matrix, he encounters another hacker named Trinity.
- After a failed attempt (which led to Agent Smith capturing and bugging him), Trinity takes Neo to Morpheus.
- Morpheus vaguely describes the Matrix as this all-encompassing prison, as the world that has been pulled over Neo’s eyes, blinding him from the truth.
- He also admits that no one can be told what the Matrix is: “you have to see it for yourself,” he states.
So, Neo gets offered a choice in the form of two pills: a blue one and a red one. If he chooses the blue pill, he remains in his everyday life and believes whatever he wants to believe. But if he chooses the red pill, he’ll set foot in the real world and find out what the Matrix truly is.
All I’m offering is the truth,” says Morpheus. And so, Neo takes the red pill and tumbles down the rabbit hole. The Matrix is considered a philosophical film that contains many existing philosophical and religious themes, like prophecy, love, truth, karma, the nature of reality, and living in a simulation.
But there seems to be a particularly close connection between The Matrix and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. In this allegory, presented in Plato’s Republic, Socrates describes a group of people chained to a wall within a cave their whole lives. The only reality they know of is the mere shadows projected on the wall in front of them, and they believe these are real entities.
What does the Matrix warn us about?
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash “The Matrix” is a science-fiction movie that explores the possibility of artificial intelligence becoming so advanced that it surpasses human intelligence and takes over the world. The movie raises important questions about the relationship between humans and machines, the limits of human knowledge, and the potential dangers of technology.
- In this article, we will delve deeper into the themes explored in “The Matrix” and how they relate to the development of AI in our world, both in the present and in the future.
- One of the key themes in “The Matrix” is the idea that advanced AI could become a threat to humanity.
- In the movie, the machines create a virtual reality world to keep humans enslaved while they use their bodies as a power source.
This scenario may seem far-fetched, but it highlights the potential dangers of AI becoming too powerful and taking control over our lives. However, it’s important to note that AI is not inherently evil or malicious. AI is simply a tool that can be used for good or bad purposes, depending on how it is programmed and used.
- The portrayal of AI in “The Matrix” may be sensationalized for the sake of storytelling, but it does raise important questions about the potential consequences of advanced technology.
- Another theme in the movie is the idea of reality itself.
- The Matrix creates a simulated reality that is indistinguishable from the real world, making it difficult for humans to tell what is real and what is not.
This raises questions about the limits of human knowledge and perception, and whether it’s possible for us to truly understand the nature of reality. In the real world, AI is already being used to create simulations and virtual environments that can be used for various purposes, such as training and entertainment.
- While these simulations are not as advanced as the Matrix, they do raise questions about the nature of reality and our ability to discern truth from fiction.
- As AI continues to improve, it’s possible that AI-generated content will become even more difficult to distinguish from reality, making it increasingly important for us to develop effective methods of verifying the authenticity of information.
Overall, “The Matrix” offers a cautionary tale about the potential dangers of advanced AI and the need to carefully consider the ethical implications of technology. As we continue to develop AI, it’s important to ensure that we use it for the betterment of humanity and not to the detriment of our society.
- AI has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, from healthcare to transportation, but this must be done with care and consideration.
- We must ensure that AI is used in a way that is consistent with our values and that protective measures are in place to prevent unintended consequences.
“The Matrix” warned us about the potential dangers of advanced AI and the need to use it responsibly. As AI continues to advance, it will become increasingly important to carefully consider the ethical implications of this technology. By doing so, we can ensure that AI is used for the betterment of humanity and that the potential risks are effectively mitigated.
Which pill did he take in the Matrix?
A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism – Abstract: In the first episode of the film trilogy The Matrix, lead character Neo was given the option of taking a red pill, which would enable him to understand what was actually occurring outside the illusion created by the Matrix, or a blue pill, which would allow him to return to experiencing only that illusion.
Because he chose the red pill, Neo became aware for the first time of the oppressive, parasitic nature of the Matrix. We too live inside a matrix, and the hegemonic power of the matrix has only strengthened since September 11, 2001. Lies are repeated until they are accepted as truth. Our rulers, dedicated social constructionists, declare proudly that “we create reality when we act,” as if no obdurate reality exists outside spin.
However, occasionally, just as in the original Matrix film, there is a disturbance in the matrix. With Hurricane Katrina, we are experiencing just such a disturbance. For all who never want to see the people of our nation experience another catastrophe like Katrina, it is time to take the red pill.
Why is everyone talking about The Matrix?
Video and words by Jocelyn Evans, ITV News’ Here’s The Story Since Andrew Tate was arrested at the end of December, his Twitter account has shared at least 14 references to The Matrix. One of those is a retweet of Elon Musk, another a reply to social media star Logan Paul.
So what is The Matrix and why do these three, and many others, keep talking about it? The simple answer is, it’s a 1999 sci-fi film by creators Lilly and and Lana Wachowski about a simulated reality (called The Matrix) controlled by machines to trap humans. The film was, and remains, a huge hit – with people jumping on the allegory to show how it’s a critique of capitalism, our current systems, and all other manner of inequality.
Why’s a 1999 film resurfacing now? Following his arrest in Romania on December 29, the account of influencer Andrew Tate shared this tweet: “The Matrix sent their agents”. The account has continued to share unsubstantiated claims about “The Matrix” – from Tate being the victim of an attack, to encouraging others to “escape” it.
- A self-proclaimed misogynist, Tate’s rise to fame has been rapid over the past year and his downfall dramatic.
- The 36-year-old has been charged with being part of an organised crime group, human trafficking and rape.
- Andrew Tate’s not, however, the only social media giant to cite The Matrix.
- YouTuber Logan Paul tweeted on January 10: “the matrix is real.
pray you never become its target “. While Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk, shared a meme of a character from the movie alongside a quote. The image retweeted by Andrew Tate’s account. What does Andrew Tate mean by The Matrix? When Andrew Tate incites The Matrix, he’s suggesting it is the powers that be that target, what he would call, free thinkers (and speakers) like himself.
The influencer has often taken aim at politicians, the media, and large corporations as “agents of The Matrix”, and would likely cite his mass ban from all the major social media platforms as an example, For many who follow him, the idea of escaping The Matrix is about seeing the world “as it really is” and achieving success (and money) from doing so.
This is what Andrew Tate encourages his followers to reach for. Is that really what The Matrix is all about? A clear critique of that view is that Andrew Tate, Logan Paul and Elon Musk (all of whom have referenced The Matrix) are all very wealthy men.
- Many would argue all three have benefitted from the current system (a capitalist one) in order to make their money.
- Fans of the movies say it is, therefore, not a narrative for individuals like Andrew Tate to claim – as the film is explicitly anti-capitalist.
- The creators of the film have also come out and explicitly said the movie is about being trans.
Writers and directors Lilly and and Lana Wachowski are both trans women. Lilly Wachowski told Netflix Film in 2020: “I’m glad that people are talking about The Matrix movies with a trans narrative”. “The Matrix is all about a desire for transformation, but from a closeted point of view.
What made The Matrix special?
It paved the way for advanced film FX – The bullet time technique had a profound impact on the future of film. This visual effect, which creates the impression of detaching the time and space of a camera from that of its visible subject, gave The Matrix movie a point of difference.
Why was Trinity in The Matrix in the beginning
Character overview – Like the series’ other main characters, Trinity is a computer programmer and a hacker who has escaped from the Matrix, a sophisticated computer program where most humans are imprisoned. Though few specifics are revealed about her previous life inside the Matrix, it is told that she cracked a database so secure that she is famous among hackers, and that Morpheus, one of a number of real-world hovercraft commanders, initially identified her and helped her escape from the program.
Where did the Wachowski brothers get the idea for The Matrix
Apparently, they watched ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and said that they wanted to make a real version of it. Having watched it and its sequel, ‘Ghost in the Shell – Innocence’, there are loads of references which turn up in the Matrix trilogy. Hope this helps.
Why was The Matrix created in The Matrix?
The Computer Generated Dreamworlds – Main article: Matrix Beta Versions The humans needed to be kept under control while their bodies were used as an energy source for the Machines. Hence, the Matrix was designed by The Architect so that humanity would never be aware that they were living in a dreamworld.
Why was Matrix 4 written?
Pre-production – Yahya Abdul-Mateen II replaces Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, As explained by Lana Wachowski during the Berlin International Literature Festival 2021, Warner Bros. constantly approached the Wachowskis every year to make another Matrix sequel, but the Wachowskis always declined the offers out of a lack of interest and because of their feelings that the trilogy’s story had concluded.
- However, in 2019, Ron and Lynne Wachowski, the Wachowskis’ parents, died alongside a close friend of Lana’s, with her father passing away first, her friend second and her mother third.
- After not being able to process that kind of grief, Lana suddenly conceived the story of The Matrix Resurrections one sleepless night.
In her words, Wachowski felt that while she could not have her parents back, she then could have Neo and Trinity back, feeling very comforted to see them alive again. With Lana Wachowski stepping forward for a sequel, Warner Bros. readily accepted her concept, eager to have the franchise’s creator aboard for the sequel, according to McTeigue.
- The film was officially announced by Warner Bros.
- On August 20, 2019.
- Lana Wachowski returned as sole director, with Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss confirmed to reprise their roles.
- The script was written by Wachowski, David Mitchell, and Aleksandar Hemon, who had previously written the series finale of Sense8 together.
The Wachowskis also previously directed the 2012 film adaptation of Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, Lilly Wachowski was not involved with the film due to work on the Showtime series Work in Progress, but gave her blessing to those involved to come up with a story even “better than the original”.
Why did the machines create The Matrix?
The events of the Matrix trilogy happen in the sixth iteration of the Matrix computer simulation – here’s how and why the first one was created. Discovering and understanding what the Matrix is was the starting point of The Matrix franchise. Released in 1999, The Matrix quickly became an instant classic not only for its groundbreaking special effects but also for its thought-provoking story. Behind the “bullet time” and “dodge this” moments was a complex sci-fi story that borrowed from different philosophical currents to pose the question of what it means for something to be real.
- Neo and those enslaved in the Matrix spent their entire lives taking their reality for granted, all because they could feel it, smell it, and touch it.
- However, in a Cartesian twist, The Matrix reveals none of it was real and it was only his own awareness that Neo could rely on.
- The shock of Keanu Reeves’ character upon being awakened shows how sordid and how advanced the Matrix mind-prison was.
The scene in which Morpheus explains to Neo what the Matrix is very much sums up the film’s whole premise. The events of The Matrix Revolutions end with the Matrix beginning its seventh iteration. The first attempt to create a prison for the mind was quite different from the one Neo, Trinity and Morpheus knew.
- While it is not possible to say for sure when the first Matrix was created, a solid estimate would be around 2199 – the year Morpheus mistakenly believes he is in.
- Following the events of the Machine War, the conflict between humans and machines caused the remaining military forces of the world to take one last, desperate measure against the machines: scorch the sky.
Without sunlight to charge them, the machines had to look for a new form of energy: human beings. The horrifying process of being harvested to generate energy was too much for the human mind. That is why the machines created the Matrix, a virtual reality that would trick humans into thinking everything was fine.