It's been 20 years since The Matrix made us question whether we're living in a simulation
GIZMODO, MARCH 2019
Imagine you’re about to make the biggest decision of your life and you’ve been given two options to choose from. One is comfortable and easy but would mean you’d spend the rest of your life in blissful ignorance. The other is painful and brutal but would mean you’d be granted access to unimagined freedom. This dilemma isn’t just one of the most powerful scenes in the 1999 movie The Matrix , but one of the most enduring science-fiction images of all time.
In the scene, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) offers Neo (Keanu Reeves) the choice between a blue pill or a red pill. If he chooses blue, he goes back to his normal life and he’s none the wiser, “the story ends”. If he chooses red he’ll get to find out “how deep the rabbit hole goes”.
Neo chooses the red pill and learns the truth of his existence – he’s been living in a simulation. But which one would you have chosen?