Are the robots we create alive?

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My favorite movie which touches the subject of simulation hypothesis is The Matrix. Not only philosophical/sci-fi, it is also a very good action movie.

"Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself." - Morpheus.

MN22:39, 12 March 2013

Thought this was pretty hilarious: [1] ... And almost on-topic, now that The Matrix and the limits of feline understanding have come up. :-)

And +1 to Matrix trilogy in general, I think it's way under-appreciated.

Voidious22:48, 12 March 2013

Maybe under-appreciated, but it has rooted itself in popular culture, and even in Robocode.

DT from SandboxDT stands for "Dodge this.", guess where this quote came from?

MN23:09, 12 March 2013

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Sheldor02:03, 13 March 2013

Oh yeah! I never noticed that connection.

There was also AgentSmith, which never came to fruition, but got some more people thinking about genetic algorithms. (Which I probably remembered because Wolfman just showed up today at the BerryBots forums.)

Voidious23:14, 12 March 2013

I watched The Matrix last night.

The premise is absolutely ridiculous, but the action scenes are okay.

Sheldor22:35, 20 March 2013


I didn't like it when it first came out. I thought it was just a flashy rehash/mangling of a lot of cool sci-fi concepts from William Gibson and others, and the "battery" premise was a complete turn-off for me. But I dug the sequels, and eventually softened my criticism of the first one and now I really dig all of them.

Voidious22:38, 20 March 2013

Yeah, why humans and not electric eels? And electric eels wouldn't require a ton of processing power to provide a simulation environment...

I found Dark City much more gripping, and creepy in the 'what if it's actually happening?' kind of way.

Skilgannon22:40, 20 March 2013

Why electric eels and not specially designed bacteria? Or, even better, direct harvesting of geothermal energy? Or, just leave the "burned" Earth and get solar power straight from the source?

Sheldor23:15, 20 March 2013