Blade == 0.45 x The Matrix
Monday, July 23, 2007
I had never seen the movie Blade, until yesterday. It's a good movie, and there are some similarities to The Matrix that I couldn't ignore. I can see the inspiration, but
add the philosophical ramification of living inside a computer
and remove the vampire storyline.
Nick Bostrom, an Oxford philosopher, wrote in 2001 an interesting paper that introduces the idea of why we are most certainly a living and breathing computer simulation. From the paper's abstract:
This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a "posthuman" stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.
The arguments are not new, but modernized into our transistorial world. For example, have you heard of Plato's cave?
For quite some time I thought blade was inspired by the matrix. I was astonished when I learned that blade was release one year before the matrix and obviously the inspiration was the other way round.
This goes for the inspiration the matrix took from dark city or "Welt am Draht"
I haven't seen "Welt am Draht" but will see if I can find it. The Matrix is one of my all time favourite movies.