SDM Presents: The Science and Logic of Cyber Chase
For all the silliness of the movie, it seems to take a lot of its plot pretty darn seriously. Time to put on our analytical hats and overthink things!
The gang wants to see their scientist friend’s video game experiment, but for fear of the monster that escaped from their tests, the older scientist says:
“You can show them the demo, but don’t start the game!”
…huh. So, as previously-established, you’re dealing with an all-powerful creature that can control basically any technology…
…and stole all your data just by walking next to it… but running a smaller version of the game – one that still has the same technology it used to escape – is going to help?
Besides, the creature’s already out and loose, so what are you worried about, exactly? It coming back and diving in again, allowing you to shut down the system and trap it?
And on that note, the older scientist confidently mentions that yes, the creature escaped, and yes, it could be anywhere and the entire world is in massive danger… but he “suspects it’s still somewhere within the building.”
He then follows this up with no evidence or logic backing up the random guess.
Um… sir? We’re dealing with a previously-unknown phenomena of a computer virus “coming to life” and escaping into the real world, right? If I remember the events of the last 5 minutes correctly, it:
- Wrecked all your stuff
- Did a bunch of miraculous things you can’t begin to explain
- Didn’t require any connection to your machines anymore
- Ran away reeeaaally fast when you annoyed it with the novelty oversized magnet you had just lying around
So… which of those factors indicated to you that this thing is gonna stick around, exactly?
What if it just decides to go elsewhere? How would you know? Do you have a PhD in Things That Have Never Happened Before?
Moving on, the younger scientist boots up the demo, and the main menu image slooowly loads in.
Connected to it, the scientist people have a device they call a ‘hyper-energy laser.’ According to them,
“We’ve been using it to break down actual objects, and project them into cyberspace!”
to which Velma says,
“Jinkies, you mean you can transport objects from the real world into the computer world?!”
which they confirm. They zap some Scooby Snacks on the table…
…said Scooby Snacks disappear from table…
…Scooby Snacks appear on screen!
Ok, so they must be scanning and creating a virtual model of the Scooby Snacks, and destroying the original… but earlier, didn’t they give some technobabble about re-creating it at a molecular level? The best technology of 2017 can’t render that, let alone 2001′s–
…hold up, they can also bring the objects back?
So… the Scooby Snacks are somehow being converted and stored in data banks as ones and zeroes, and are then transformed back into physical objects?
Ignoring the issue of requiring an incalculable amount of power to even theoretically create matter from pure energy (plus the unfathomable sizes of batteries/hard drives required to store that energy/information), doesn’t this mean you’ve just created a 3D printer capable of scanning and replicating literally anything, including living things, down to a molecular level?