I was mesmerized by the original Matrix film. The idea of humanity being transcended by vastly superior artificial intelligence is one that I have come to accept as inevitable. How this transition will unfold and whether humanity will survive or evolve rapidly to join our progeny is uncertain, but I find no compelling argument that persuades me our biological brain/mind/soul will continue to sustain our rein as this planet?s most intelligent entity much longer. The Matrix tickled my imagination even as I found its dark vision humorously sophomoric and twisted.
Matrix Reloaded was less compelling. It was fun and did no damage to the first film, but it does not stand strong alongside the first movie. I hope it will be redeemed by Matrix Revolutions and that the trilogy will surpass the sum of its parts. So, call me a dreamer.
My thoughts about the Matrix and our future as a species were stirred by a recent article in the Los Angeles Times: Rooting for the Robot. The author does a good job of putting the Matrix into context with other movies that have touched on the theme of transcendent intelligence and shares some interesting insights in the process.