Dystopia in The Matrix

In the 1999 film, The Matrix, the birth artificial intelligence led to the downfall of the human race. In efforts to stop technology from taking over, humans manipulated the skies to prevent it from getting any more solar power. The technology found a new source of power, using human bodies as their batteries and subjecting each mind to exist in a world completely designed by computers called the Matrix. The main character in this film, Neo, is given an ultimatum to discover the matrix or return to life as he has known it his entire life. After choosing to discover the Matrix, it is revealed that he is the chosen one they have been waiting for and it will be up to him to save everyone from the state they are unaware their bodies are being subjected to.

There are many Dystopian characteristics that define this film, all of which match the definition we have developed in class. The people of this society are under the control of technology, physically restrained as batteries for technology, and completely unaware of this oppression they are being subjected to. Although the actual conditions are unrealistic, humans being a slave to technology is not an impossible occurrence given the increased reliance on it since the movie has been released. Something very eye-opening about the film is that we are unaware of how powerful technology really is or can become. The smarter we make it, the more control we give it in our lives and therefore, making it very easy for technology to take over if it ever feels the need to. With programs like Alexa, Siri, Self-driving cars, and the internet practically listening to our every word, Technology is undoubtedly becoming smarter by the day. In the world of the Matrix, it just so happened to become so smart that there was a war between the human race and the race of computers. While this literal occurrence is very unlikely, there are many implicit messages to be taken away as the world continues to evolve and priorities change over time.

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