I watched The Matrix trilogy and The Animatrix (2003). I heard there is more to it but I never read a single line.

It seems "The Architect" has psychical hardware in real world which in the third movie makes the deal with Neo (spiky baby face machine), but we never see "The Oracle" except in the Matrix.

Does Oracle have a physical form in the real world?


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As far as can be told, none of the (program) characters that we meet in the world of the Matrix (The Oracle, The Architect, The Agents, Seraph, The Keymaker, The Merovingian and his henchmen) have a hardware component, with the possible exception of Rama Kandra who's a

power plant systems manager for recycling operations.

The giant floating head (made up of lots of slaved flying units) seen at the end of The Matrix Revolutions is the Deus Ex Machina, a sort of interactive system allowing visitors to the Machine City to interact directly with the Machine Mainframe. This God-head doesn't seem to be under the direct control of the Architect, any more than it controls the other programs we see.

  • To clarify, you're saying that none of those programs have dedicated hardware? (I remember reading that the original premise was that the programs all run on the computational power of human brains, and that's why humanity was enslaved, but it was my understanding that this never became canon.) Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 22:29
  • @HarryJohnston - As far as can be told, none of the programs in the Matrix have dedicated hardware. They all exist within the Matrix itself.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 22:36
  • And as far as we know, the Matrix itself runs on more-or-less conventional computers? (I'm not disagreeing with you, I just wondered if I'd overlooked something.) Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 22:44
  • @HarryJohnston - We don't really see/know where the construct of The Matrix is running. Presumably inside those big towers.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 22:48
  • @HarryJohnston - There's mention in the non-canon Matrix story "Goliath" that the machines are using the humans for processing power, but that's the sole reference as far as I'm aware
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 15, 2017 at 22:50

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