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Why did "The Matrix" get called "The Matrix"


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#1 shotgunnutter   Banned   -  Reputation: 102

Posted 27 December 2007 - 03:55 AM

This has bugged me for a while now. Why did they choose that name? In matrix terms, "The One" looks like this: 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 No matter how may dimensions you add, a real matrix still looks a bit... flat. is there any mathematical basis behind the name of the film or did they just choose it because it sounds nice?

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#2 Extrarius   Members   -  Reputation: 1412

Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:10 AM

Several of the definitions from m-w seem to apply

#3 Nathan Handley   Members   -  Reputation: 792

Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:11 AM

Assuming this isn't a joke:

Matrix: "A situation or surrounding substance within which something else originates, develops, or is contained"

#4 Wan   Members   -  Reputation: 1366

Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:11 AM

Until electronic readers become mainstream, mathematical structures will always be described in two dimensional text. Not only is it simpler to write down, for the vast majority of people it is also much easier to comprehend. This doesn't mean that matrices cannot be used in more dimensions than two.

I think the real question is, why it was called the matrix in the first place? I suspect the coolness of its sound coupled with the unfamiliarness of most film lovers with its actual meaning has something to do with it.

My 2D cents.

#5 baconfish   Members   -  Reputation: 222

Posted 27 December 2007 - 03:43 PM

Maybe the Wachowski brothers went with that name because they've seen it used before?

I'm only a few pages in, but I'm sure I saw the name in Neuromancer.

#6 aersixb9   Banned   -  Reputation: 57

Posted 27 December 2007 - 03:52 PM

I think it has something to do with 3D programming/gaming. The Matrix is an important construct when making 3D programs...and doing 3D maths for those programs...
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#7 Benjamin Heath   Members   -  Reputation: 925

Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:56 PM

Also, by coincidence, Carrie-Anne Moss was in a previous film called "Matrix". Not important, just thought I'd mention it for extra geek trivia factor.

#8 owl   Banned   -  Reputation: 364

Posted 27 December 2007 - 05:16 PM

William Gibson anyone? That's why they called Matrix the film.

If you didn't read his books, you're not ready for the future...

#9 Kelly G   Members   -  Reputation: 356

Posted 28 December 2007 - 05:59 PM

The concept of "the Matrix" must predate Neuromancer because it appeared in a 1976 episode of Doctor Who called "The Deadly Assassin".

#10 RSC_x   Banned   -  Reputation: 100

Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:23 PM

also that man on matrix were shown on movie called something like Johnny Mnemonic (1995) whic was in the style of matrix.

however i quess matrix will not lost on real life.its end was stupid.
i realy started to hate it after i see that idiots won.
peeh system error.
man there is a dozeens of ways to check errors.
and system simply can ignore the error and continue with it.

and what what the hell they'll do when they are free.?
playinh sims on that supercomputer.?

anyway about that matrix.
matrix remind me metrics which means something like parameters after calculations or something like that.

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#11 owl   Banned   -  Reputation: 364

Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:14 PM

Oh God.

#12 fnm   Members   -  Reputation: 491

Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:51 PM

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and what what the hell they'll do when they are free.?
playinh sims on that supercomputer.?


i think you have a point there.



#13 Way Walker   Members   -  Reputation: 744

Posted 29 December 2007 - 12:30 AM

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and what what the hell they'll do when they are free.?
playinh sims on that supercomputer.?


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#14 Trapper Zoid   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1370

Posted 29 December 2007 - 11:19 AM

The Wachowski's should have gone with "The Hilbert Space". Much punchier.

#15 LessBread   Moderators   -  Reputation: 1411

Posted 29 December 2007 - 11:59 AM

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The concept of "the Matrix" must predate Neuromancer because it appeared in a 1976 episode of Doctor Who called "The Deadly Assassin".


An argument could be made that the concept goes all the way back to Plato's allegory of the cave, but a more plausible starting point would be Descartes' evil genius (aka brain in a vat). See also: Influences and interpretations of The Matrix.

#16 Wan   Members   -  Reputation: 1366

Posted 29 December 2007 - 12:30 PM

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Quote:
Original post by Kelly G
The concept of "the Matrix" must predate Neuromancer because it appeared in a 1976 episode of Doctor Who called "The Deadly Assassin".


An argument could be made that the concept goes all the way back to Plato's allegory of the cave, but a more plausible starting point would be Descartes' evil genius (aka brain in a vat). See also: Influences and interpretations of The Matrix.

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#17 owl   Banned   -  Reputation: 364

Posted 29 December 2007 - 02:11 PM

I bet he has a special UI to do that, or he is connected to his computer álà Gibson...

#18 yurian   Members   -  Reputation: 182

Posted 29 December 2007 - 03:31 PM

Because it sounds good. =) Can't anything ever be simple?




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