2008-11-02 15:43:45 UTC
I suppose that this post contains spoilers.
As I understand it, in _The Matrix_, everything that people "experience"
is actually a virtual reality created by the computers, and the "real"
people are in pods and are somehow being used to power the computers.
One would think that if the computers had actually figured out to
circumvent the Second Law of Thermodynamics as implied by that "explanation,"
they would have thought of something more clever as a way of generating power
for themselves. For that matter, you'd think that given the constant
problem of pesky humans figuring out how to escape the Matrix, the computers
would just keep all of the people anesthetized, or lobotomize them, or come
up with some way of dealing with them that didn't involve the creation of
an artificial reality.
But that's not my question.
What I was wondering is: how do the real humans (the ones in the pods)
reproduce? If a woman becomes pregnant in the virtual reality, her
baby would not correspond to any real person (unless the only women who
become pregnant in the virtual world are those who are pregnant in the
real one -- see the previous question). If so, the virtual world would
be populated by an increasing number of virtual people. At what point
would the computers' memory capacity be exceeded? ("Core dumped --
Richard Schultz ***@mail.biu.ac.il
Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Opinions expressed are mine alone, and not those of Bar-Ilan University
"Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell bad."