I just finished the Matrix Trilogy and there is one thing I feel confused about. My assumption is that the controller of the matrix, whatever it is, is aware that Neo is attempting to destroy it and free the people there, and is trying to stop him. If my assumption is correct, then why do he/she/they not simply cut the connection from outside after Neo's real body has been freed? There will be no way for any human outside the matrix to get in again, thus no way to talk to the keymaker. So why is the connection still open? Looks like this is a big security flaw in the matrix to let them in and out freely - well, almost freely.

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    The people outside the matrix hack their way in, they aren't just allowed to connect, they have to hack the connection for it to be allowed.
    – NominSim
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:46
  • @NominSim If you shut down all ports there will be no way to hack in. How can you hack a server which is offline, but still running? Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 1:59
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    @YankeeWhiskey Doing that would also cut that server off from the Matrix, making it useless...
    – Izkata
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 2:50

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As others have noted, The Outsiders actually 'hack' into the Matrix.

This is the core where we broadcast our pirate signal and hack into the Matrix - Morpheus

Assuming the Matrix runs in a similar fashion to our current level of technology (i.e. servers, ports, firewalls etc.) This would mean the towers of people-pods would need an open port/open connection in order to access the Matrix.

Obviously the people-pods are using wireless technology, because we witness some of them being detached and used to power other things by the squids and other 'farming' robots.

Which means it would be (reasonably) trivial for a ship to broadcast a signal that emulates that of a pod, connect a person up and have them walking around inside the Matrix in a matter of minutes.

As far as the machines trying to mitigate the damage caused by the outsiders hacking in, we see evidence of the robots trying to choke them- delay them from being able to connect. There is talk in the second movie about trying to find good areas to transmit the signal:

Morpheus: My apologies - to all; but as you are undoubtedly aware of it, it has become increasingly difficult to locate a secure broadcast position.
Vector: Squiddies got all over my best spots.
Ice: The main-lines are crawling with them.

  • I edited (almost the exact) quote in as requested. I used to listen to this for very long but yet I couldn't recall it completely (FYI amusing facts: I missed seem->sound, "to all" , "undoubtedly aware", and Vector's "my"). It always amazes me how carefully worded Morpheus is here. It's hard to remember it. It seems to give a very sharp contrast with his character as it was shown the previous movie, where he seemd to sort-of run the place - or so you tended to like to think. He still can give a crisp clear view of the situation, and has a plan.
    – n611x007
    Commented Jun 9, 2013 at 20:40
  • Also, the point wasn't to keep Neo out. He needed to come back in as The One and fulfil his destiny of returning to The Source, etc.
    – Möoz
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 6:11
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    @Mooz - Not just Neo either - the Architect talked at length about Zion simply being 'another form of control'. The machines were just tolerating the resistance, giving them the 'illusion' of some cheap wins - Lose a couple of squiddies, lose some human batteries (when they're freed) is acceptable losses. Neo's arrival changed that. If we take Neo's 'rebirth' as related to the increased Squiddies' activity, it would seem that Neo triggered the beginning of the end of the 'cycle'.
    – Robotnik
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 6:20

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