Non-Stop Coppertop

There are days that I wish I hadn’t seen “The Matrix”. I can hear a story like the one on the February 13, 2008, Marketplace podcast and think: is it really a good idea to play into the hands of the machines? Do we really want to set a precedent where WE are the power source for things we use?

I find nanotechnology both intriguing and a bit discomforting.  The interview with the researcher, Dr. Wang from Georgia Tech, describes his “shirt made of nanoscale wires” that create a charge when rubbed together.  On the one hand, it would be great to have my PDA (no cell, sorry) always charged just by my BEING (is that zen?) but then I think about those large farms visited by Morpheus in The Matrix and I think that hydro is a better way to generate electricity.

Aside 1: pop culture reference:  Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) explains to Neo (Keanu Reeves) that the machines that operate the Matrix use humans to generate their energy, as he holds out a battery in his hand.  Switch also calls Neo “Coppertop“.

Aside 2: Keanu Reeves is great in this trilogy but for an odd but well done turn, check him out as Denzel Washington’s brother in Much Ado About Nothing.

    David Whelan

    I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.