Oh my goodness I've just learned a thing about The Matrix that causes it to make a lot more sense: In the original script the humans were used as neural network compute clusters by the Machines and as a crucial component of The Matrix itself.

Which is why humans who were aware of the simulation could control aspects of The Matrix - their minds were part of its foundation.

Unfortunately the test audiences had trouble understanding this concept so the studio changed the human role to "batteries".

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Wow, that just fits so much better in practically every way.

And is oddly parallel to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy too...

@polychrome
Morpheus: What is the Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to turn a human being into this:

@InvaderXan @polychrome
And now I want for them to make an Intel product placement in the remake

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