Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Matrix I came to know about - Part II

Read the first part here.

I guess this will be just the second part of a longer series.  Before I continue, here are the disclaimers and acknowledgements.

Disclaimer 1: I can not claim ownership for the views I've presented.  They are derived from a number of sources.  The number is too hard to list, I'll try to acknowledge some of them.  I won't be able to quote like an academic journal, but if there are inconsistencies, I am responsible for them and will try to fix them.
Disclaimer 2:  The above is not the only disclaimer, more to come.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to my masters, Sri Bhgavan (Oneness University), J Krishnamurthy, creators of Matrix, the movie, computer scientists, whose insights into the functioning of the human brain that created modern computers and their software.

I was supposed to write about the lifetime of a thought, but I think history is more important.  Let me narrate the history of the Matrix.

It all started as a simple network.  I believe every species has its own network.  A network in which thoughts - or roughly information, is exchanged.  We haven't totally figured out how other species - from ants to elephants communicate.  So, let's go with an assumption that a network exists for each species where basic emotions (fear - forest fire, predator, earthquake) and information (water hole, sweets nearby) can be exchanged.  This network is used primarily for survival.

Humans too have this network, I call Matrix.  We need a name.  With this network early man could communicate and evolve his tools, before voice communication evolved.  Over a period of time, the information exchanged had enormous growth and matrix had to handle lot of data.  Humans are habitual exploiters.

The matrix had to respond faster, handle more information.  Like any other network, it started caching them, to deliver content locally.  This is nature's way of optimizing.  For someone in Africa, it is enough to access information about wild animals, forest fires and famine.  He doesn't need to prepare for the winter weather in Central Asia.  Let's call this tribal matrix or Matrix 2.0.  Tribal gods and Chieftains were like the System Administrators.  They tightly managed the thoughts - with laws applicable to their society.  The purpose of the tribal matrix is to ensure the welfare of the tribe - an attribute inherited from the simple Matrix 1.0.  A deviant or rebellious thought wasn't encouraged.  This was the beginning of the more powerful, controlling matrix.

Religious matrices must be 1.5.

Humans started communicating to this cache or the sub-network of Matrix.  This sub-network was initially geographic.   But as humans started occupying larger geographies, it  had to divide further into regions and sub-regions and so on.  So, there were village matrices and kingdom matrices, let's call them Matrix 3.

As people started travelling, exposure to different societies and their knowledge occurred.  This gave rise to theories on societies, economics etc.  These are idealogy matrices - Matrix 4.

The complex part is, the earlier versions continued to exist, wielding their powers on humans from time to time.  People could be attached to multiple matrices at the same time.  The problems of which matrix takes precedence in a situation hasn't been figured out by humans, for they have been too dependent on matrices and have given up their will to be on their own.   People's decisions are influenced by the more powerful matrix at that time.

There are Agent Smiths - representatives of the millions of matrices all over the place, controlling what we get to think.


1 comment:

Sivaram said...

Let the story on 'Matrix Evolution' continue..