Mike Mika, studio head of game developer Other Ocean Interactive, recently got bored and modified a scene from 1999’s The Matrix to work with his polarized 3D TV and a pair of 3D glasses.
Through one side, he can see the fight between Neo and Morpheus as we’ve always seen it. Through the other, Matrix code pours down like rain, the way Tank saw it aboard the Nebuchadnezzar.
Been playing with the polarized 3D TV and got the idea to convert the Matrix so that one pair of glasses sees only the Matrix Raining Text effect and the other pair sees the Kung Fu fight between Neo and Morpheus, to feel like the characters watching it in the movie. pic.twitter.com/8M3DexcDXr
— Mike Mika (@MikeJMika) September 8, 2020
As for how it works, Mika added:
“I authored the video in after effects as compressed side-by-side, the TV interprets that into a mixed image, even-odd lines polarized which gets picked up differently by each lens.”
If only we could get a pair of these for the real world. Some scientists, after all, think we might be living inside a cosmic simulation right now. Even Elon Musk, when he’s not busy trying to get us to Mars, can be found musing about the possibility. During a Q&A at 2016’s Code Conference, he stated plainly, “There’s a one in billions chance that this is base reality.”
He also said he was hopeful that this is a simulation, because “either we’re going to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality or civilization will cease to exist. Those are the two options.”