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Jay Glazer Writing 140, Section #64750R Mrs. Irwin October 3, 2007 Assignment #5 The Matrix Resolution “Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony” (The Matrix). In The Matrix , a science fiction film trilogy first released in 1999, a future world exists where dominance has shifted from humans to the very machines they created. A bold congregation of humans have been able to form a resistance movement against the powerful machines, and their quest to defeat the dominant and oppressive machines is the central conflict of the film series. Humans have thus far refused to recognize the autonomy and sentience of the intelligent machines, and this in part led to the outbreak of war between the species. The film is presented from the perspective of humans, and it is implied that the war can only come to an end once the machines have been annihilated. Through the philosophical model of utilitarianism, a resolution will be presented that will not require the destruction of the machines or the humans. Peaceful coexistence between the machines and humans can be achieved through the creation of a balanced society with laws protecting the interests of both groups. Humans created the sentient machines that rule Earth during the late twentieth century. As the machines became increasingly intelligent, they were able to create new machines. The machines are rational and sentient beings, and they began to challenge the authority of humans. Their artificial intelligence far exceeds the intellect of humans, which is why machines are able to dominate humans. Humans originally created machines with the capacity of artificial intelligence for the same reason that machines are
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used today: to serve humans. Yet this ability to learn, to adapt, and to feel essentially led to the creation of a new species that surpassed the abilities of humans. Although machines were created artificially and they lack animal biology, they are no different in sentience than humans. The machines soon realized that humans are “a disease, a cancer of this planet. [Humans] a plague and [machines] are the cure” (The Matrix). Despite this revelation, and distinct evidence that machines were no longer simply an amalgam of metal and microchips, humans refused to respect the autonomy of the machines. This ideological conflict soon led to the outbreak of war. It is not known whether the machines or humans instigated 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 womb-like environment, while the machines feed in essential nutrients, in exchange for the energy they need. But this is no wretched slave camp, a grotesque gulag of torment and
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