zionrealText=Written May 2003 By Jason Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org) www.X-matrix.net
The birth of AI, and eventually the Matrix
Before the machines took over the world, a human programmer designed AI, but as a safety measure, to ensure human survival, the programming instructions to compute pi (3.14) were not included. So, now, in the Matrix, every single program has this inherent anomaly, the inability to compute pi.
This includes the Architect, who was created by the machines to design the Matrix, which in turn inherits the anomaly ("...despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision."). The Architect redesigned the Matrix, blaming its failure on the omission of human history ("The inevitability of its doom is as apparent to me now as a consequence of the imperfection inherent in every human being, thus I redesigned it based on your history to more accurately reflect the varying grotesqueries of your nature."). His second version failed, so blaming it again on humans' imperfections, he called upon an intuitive program to redesign it.
The Oracle's Solution to the Anomaly
The Oracle discovered that the anomaly did not lie with humans, but with the AI itself, but could not tell the Architect because he would not comprehend this and cause his program to fail and the Matrix to crash. So, she convinced the Architect that a third Matrix had to be created, one that allowed choice; and pretended that she "stumbled" upon the solution ("she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly 99 per cent of all test subjects accepted the program, as long as they were given a choice, even if they were only aware of the choice at a near unconscious level."). So, the fact that 1 per cent didn't accept the Matrix was due to a choice they were given by the AI, a seed of truth at a subconscious level in their minds (Morpheus in M1 - "What you know you can't explain. But you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is but it's there, like a splinter in your mind driving you mad.").
So the third version of the Matrix, they introduce a genetically engineered human (grown in a pod, so may be easily genetically manipulated), and base him on the original designer of AI - hence Neo. So, in the Matrix, he becomes a computer programmer and designs AI (when he hands the disc to Choi in M1, it said "DISC AI" on it). Now the reason for doing this is because, as any good programmer putting in a back door would, he makes the "reload" code for the AI (thus resetting the anomaly as explained later) only accessible by himself. This "reload" code is 101, which appears numerous times throughout M1 and Reloaded: Neo's room at the beginning of M1, the Merovingian's restaurant is on the 101st floor, the 101 freeway of the car chase in Reloaded, then when Trinity is hacking into the power plant system, she resets the password to Z10N0101 (indicates that she is a program because of her particular choice of password). So not only does Neo contain the anomaly, as everything created by the AI contains the anomaly, being based on the creator of AI, he also contains the solution.
Neo's Enlightenment - The Incarnation of the One
In M1, Neo says to Morpheus, "What are you trying to tell me, that I can dodge bullets?" ... "No Neo. I'm trying to tell you that when you're ready, you won't have to." The significance is this: the point at which he can see code in M1 is just after being killed by Smith, and it's also the point where he can stop bullets, i.e., he doesn't have to dodge them, as Morpheus said. So this is the point that he is ready. Ready for what though? And why did this happen? It's because upon his death, he sends the next One (in the future, or the next version of the Matrix) the unbalanced equation (the anomaly) and only this future One will respond with pi, thus creating a symbolic window between the two adjacent versions of the Matrix (thus, an unbalanced equation). If this continued, from one version to the next, this would result in a cascading loop, "an escalating probability of disaster," as the Architect put it, which, "will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix." The only way round this is, "to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program," the prime program being the "reload" code. This will cause the Matrix to be reloaded, thus everything (all programs) in the Matrix is deleted, including the program that the One instantiated in between the current version of the Matrix and the next version (the anomaly-created back door that is supposed to prevent the machines from taking over by causing a cascading loop that eventually destroys the AI). So by genetically creating the Designer, they have created the anomaly and the solution together in one body ("creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that if left unchecked might threaten the system itself" - this refers to Neo, his own contradiction, with the potential to destroy the Matrix, obviously, but created purposely to resolve it. If this didn't happen, the anomaly would exist without control and would continue to destroy the Matrix in ever-increasing cataclysmic proportions).
So now, the anomaly resets to the beginning, Zion is destroyed by the machines, and the One rebuilds Zion as instructed by the Architect. But what is the purpose of Zion? Training - the first thing Morpheus embarked Neo on as soon as he had recovered from being pulled out of the Matrix. The Oracle needed Zion so that Neo could be trained in Matrix simulations, but without being in the Matrix itself, where there are Agents. These are security protocol programs, so are designed to protect the Matrix and the Source from everything. Neo jumping into Smith wasn't necessarily meant to happen, it was just Neo's way of trying to kill him, except it didn't, it just corrupted him, causing a failure to his program.
The Oracle's Change of Heart
In the 6th version of the Matrix, the Oracle has decided that the Matrix will not be reloaded. Why? Because she too contains the anomaly, and her solution that has worked up to now is also "fundamentally flawed" as the Architect put it. She accomplishes her goal (by making Neo choose the other door to previous One's) by telling Trinity that she will fall in love with the One. The Oracle has great influence on programs in the Matrix (Morpheus M1: "She told you exactly what you needed to hear, that's all. Neo, sooner or later you're going to realise, just as I did, that there's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."). The cookies in M1, the candy on the park bench, they are all methods she uses to recode programs.
Other programs, and Agents, are getting suspicious of the Oracle's new motives, and are searching for her hence why she must have a guardian, Seraph, who says to Neo after fighting him, "The Oracle has made enemies. I had to be sure." The Merovingian said, "Tell the Oracle her time is up." Smith appearing just as she makes a hasty exit near the park bench - this is not a coincidence, although he's still after Neo since he wants everything, that's why he's replicating into everything.
For these reasons, the Oracle is late in contacting Neo, hence all the waiting around with the ship, and she'd also been enquiring into the whereabouts of the missing Keymaker whom the Merovingian had abducted (because he is power-hungry as the Oracle explained), and the Keymaker is required to provide access to the Source. In computer terms, he represents the symbol table in code that contains all the addresses to different locations in memory, much like pointers in C-programming. The keys represent pointers, so opening a door in the corridor of doors without a key is effectively a NULL pointer, thus leading to nowhere (the mountains!).
The Oracle knows of Neo's dreams of Trinity getting shot, but wants to know if Neo sees Trinity die after he enters the Door of Light - she cannot see past this door as it's the Architect's domain. When Neo says he didn't actually see her die, the Oracle knows that Neo will choose the door to save Trinity (thus her goal in making Neo fall in love with Trinity in order to make him choose the other door has succeeded). As soon as she realises this, she is satisfied ("you've made a believer out of me," and says, "Our time is up", and goes on to tell Neo where to find the Keymaker. Thus, they go to the Merovingian, but it is Persephone that leads them to the Keymaker.
Going to the Source
The time-window between the power-out and the power coming back online again, incidentally, is 314 seconds (pi = 3.14), a reflection of the anomaly - and is also the only time during which the Keymaker's key to the Door of Light can be used to open it to transport Neo to the Architect. This was according to plan as Neo is supposed to end up in the Architect's room. It's the choice between the two doors where it now goes wrong for the Architect as he obviously doesn't want him to go through the left door:
The Architect: "Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race."
Neo: - "You won't let it happen, you can't. You need human beings to survive."
The Architect: - "There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being in this world."
And when Neo does decide to go through the left door, the Architect makes one last attempt to dissuade him, "Humph. Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness."
Neo saves Trinity from falling, but she dies from the gunshot wound. However, he saves her not by magic, but infuses her with the "reload" code that he was supposed to disseminate into the Source, and thus saves her. They return to the Nebuchadnezzar and Neo confirms that he knows everything: "The One was never meant to end anything. It was just another system of control." He now realises his true purpose.
Neo Transcends His Powers Into the Real World
How was Neo able to destroy the sentinels at the end? It could be a connection between Neo and Smith and the fact that Smith has infected Bane in the real world and Bane just happened to fall into a coma like Neo when the ship that Bane was on encountered the sentinels.
The alternative theory that Zion is part of a second Matrix, rather than being real, is unknowingly hinting at a fascinating truth. The distinction is between the "Matrix-within-a-Matrix" theory, which is generally about the impossibility of escaping the Matrix, and the "second-Matrix" theory, which is a metaphor for a profound philosophical point. The working thesis is: What Neo learned when he transcended the Matrix was that all reality is simulation. He has applied this lesson to the Matrix - now he is applying it to the real world. This references the hollowed book Neo takes the disc out of at the start of M1 - the book is "Simulacra and Simulation" - a collection of essays by the French postmodernist philosopher Jean Baudrillard. He opens it to the section on "Nihilism" (meaning nothing is truly known). "Baudrillard's concept of simulation is the creation of the real through conceptual or 'mythological' models which have no connection or origin in reality. The model becomes the determinant of our perception of reality--the real."
Parts of this theory were inspired from THE RED PILL (Original Theory) written by: Benjamin Casper, co-written by: Constance Casper (Serial #: 25141-011391-43151-4192011-435)