the matrix begins

June 27, 2012 at 10:56 am | | literature

Implanted Biofuel Cell Operating in a Living Snail.”

Implantable biofuel cells have been suggested [BY MACHINES] as sustainable micropower sources operating in living organisms, but such bioelectronic systems are still exotic and very challenging to design.

One thing I never understood about the Matrix was how the machines were getting more power in electricity out of the human farms than they had to put in as food. Don’t the machines know the three laws of thermodynamics? Or just the three laws of robotics?


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  1. I think they were using humans for computing power not actual energy as Morpheus claimed.

    Comment by Mitch — June 27, 2012 #

  2. yeah, maybe for natural-language processing. i think that’s actually how Siri works.

    Comment by sam — June 28, 2012 #

  3. No, they were using them for energy. If you listen, they slip in “combined with a form of fusion” to keep the laws of thermodynamic intact, even if they took to the three laws of robotics a bit poorly.

    Comment by Jeremiah — July 10, 2012 #

  4. I guess it’s mostly a matter of energy conversion, maybe they had green thumbs and were afraid of nuclear energy…

    Comment by Amir — September 8, 2012 #

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