Are we trapped in/about to trap ourselves in the matrix?
Before you respond, familiarize yourself with these 2 articles, or at least the basic ideas contained therein:
looking primarily at the cracked.com article, I am forced to question whether our own imagination, being dwarfed by the computers hooked up to our brains, would simply shut off or at the very least become secondary. This idea carried out, especially coupled with a dissatisfaction with the real world, could very well lead to a loss of consciousness and connection with the real world. Now factor in the idea that we might possibly already be so connected, and the reality that we very well might not be conscious of it.
While I have trouble dealing with the immense philosophical and religious implications associated with this possibility, I believe the speculation has some serious value, whether for philosophical exercise, ethical questioning regarding where we are going, or the reestablishment of, restatement of, or renewed approach to what we value in life.
Even as a gamer, software engineer, and prospective game designer, I find myself more deeply disturbed than excited by these prospects, and it has frightened and moved me.