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Glazer 1 Jay Glazer Writing 140, Section #64750R Mrs. Irwin October 3, 2007 Assignment #5 Ignorance is not Bliss The Matrix , a science fiction film series released in 1999, tells of a future world in which humans are used as a source of raw energy to fuel machines that now rule the world. A brave group of humans have been able to form a resistance movement against the machines, and their quest to defeat the seemingly evil and immoral machines is the central conflict of the series. The dominance of humans has been far exceeded by the machines, which now rule over the planet. Humans have thus far refused to recognize the autonomy and sentience of the machines, and this led to a war between the species. The film is presented from the perspective of humans, and it is implied that the only solution to the conflict is the complete annihilation of the machine race. Through the philosophical model of utilitarianism, a resolution will be presented that will not require the destruction of either the machines or the humans. Humans created the sentient machines that rule planet Earth, during the early twenty-first century. As the machines became increasingly intelligent, they were able to create new machines. Being intelligent and sentient creatures, the machines began to challenge the authority of humans. This artificial intelligence far exceeds the intellect of humans, which is why machines are able to dominate humans. Humans created the machines for the same reason that machines are used today: to serve humans. Humans gave the machines the ability to learn and adapt and feel, and this led to essentially a new species on earth. Although they were artificially created, the machines are no different in sentience than humans. Regardless of this, humans still viewed the machines as existing
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Glazer 2 solely to serve their needs. This conflict naturally led to the outbreak of a war. When the machines became extremely powerful, a war was started between humans and machines. It is not known now who started the war, but it did follow a long period of machine exploitation by humans. What is known is that it was the humans who “scorched the sky,” blocking out the sun’s rays, in an attempt at machine genocide— since the machines needed solar power to survive. In response and retaliation the machines subdued the humans and made them into sources of energy—batteries, in effect. Each human now floats in his or her own personal vat, a warm and womblike
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