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.