[disinfo ed.'s note: this original essay was first published by disinformation on February 12, 2001. Some links may have changed.]
Neo: Right now, we’re inside a computer program?
Morpheus: Wild, isn’t it?
What if reality was false and your nightmares were true? Is the present the past and the future happening now?
Thomas Anderson begins examining these questions. Anderson begins having doubts about reality. He has lived in the year 1999 until he is contacted by the enigmatic Morpheus, who leads him into an alternative dimension. Now it is 200 years later, and the World has been laid waste and taken over by advanced artificial intelligence machines. Anderson questions whether he is actually in a present day city, or wired up with millions of others, blissfully unaware into a massive virtual framework (“Matrix”) in the future. The computers have apparently created a false version of 20th Century life to keep humans enslaved, while AI machines draw power from their bodies.… Read the rest