We humans often have debate if artificial intelligence, no matter how smart it get's can ever be called "alive". Similarly, we have debates about viruses being alive or not. One thing that no one questions is that we're alive.
This makes the scene in the matrix where Agent Smith compares humanity to a virus particularly ironic. He could have said something like "disease", but virus is even more derogatory since he's questioning if we're even alive.
Do you think this irony was inserted by the writers on purpose as a means to have us self-reflect? Or is it just a coincidence?