The Assumptions of Matrix or the Chicken and the Egg
If Artificial Intelligence is advanced enough to build a reality depicted in the movie, then it would not need the humans to provide the electrical input necessary for them to function. There are many other, much more efficient methods of producing electricity, already present in nature.
And surely, they, the AI machines, wouldn’t keep us around for any other purpose. Ergo, I like the film (#1 only) but philosophically it’s a bit shallow.
Once again, the idea is based on the assumption that our, i.e. human intelligence is derived from our biological structure (brain and nervous system).
Remember, we, our bodies, are made up of about 10 trillion cells, and about 100 trillions other living entities (bacteria, viruses and less advanced units of life) that use us as their farmlands to propagate and sustain their own lives (read Delusions). Under the circumstances I prefer the view that we, you and I, are independent, non-physical discrete units of intelligence, which use the physical human bodies to advance our need for evolutionary becoming.
Sorry Messrs. Larry and Andy Wachowski, but you both have it the wrong way round. Biology and/or technology do NOT produce intelligence, but intelligence produces the material-biological-technological reality we all enjoy. Should we, the incorporate units of intelligence, find a more advanced entity, be it technologically or biologically produced, we’d simply use the more advanced entity through which to advance our becoming.