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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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...

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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".

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


i think you have a point there.

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


It's the year 2199...

People are still the same.

They'll do anything to get what they need.

And they need The Sims.


[looksaround]

[tears]

The Sims is people!

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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.

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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.

Four links in one sentence... welcome back!

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

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