Ok, lets say I'm at a network. I have a mainframe machine downstairs, and machine upstairs. I sit down to log to my machine, i enter my username and password, it checks with the mainframe to see if i have access, and if so, what level of access I have.. Administrator, regular user, etc. I write a lot of stuff, do some research, whatever, once I'm done with it, it will remain on my machine unless I upload that data to the mainframe. IMO The machines are constantly revising the process and when its time for a reload, they "download" the information from the One's mind, in order to further refine the environment of the matrix. I believe their eventual goal is to be able to completely account for the unknown variable "choice". Thus, neo's code/access, which makes him a superuser, is mutually exclusive from the fact that he's carrying around data inside his head that needs to be put back into the source before they flush the current system.
Obviously I can't debate you there. Its all opinion and speculation on both our parts
However, I can say that you're right that there was no mention of any previous 'loves'. But he also said that each of the previous ones were chosen and had very emotional ties with the people in zion. Thus, why they chose to go back into the source. I'm a big proponent of the "Machines perfecting the matrix through repetition" theory I've come up with. Hence, its possible they created Trinity as a curve ball to further nail down the specifics of how humans make their choices. Truth be known, everything in the universe can be explained mathematically. All one has to do is know all the equations and all the formulas. If the previous 5 "One"s went back into the source, it makes sense to vary your experiment considering you got the exact same outcome. (this is assuming its an obvservation experiment, and not a hypothesizing experiment)
Can't argue here again due to it just being a different belief. I am obviously not a believer in the MWAM theory, although I believe my theory aptly explains Zion's being a waiting-place or a Purgatory as well, in your own ideals. And I would also say, theres a huge difference between knowing about a human condition and understanding the human condition
Just because the machines "knew" that humans exhibited free will, doesn't mean they could predict how humans would react when forced to live in either a utopia or a hell.
It "bakes your noodle" huh? I mean what is destiny. What is power? True destiny is a spiritual concept. While the W bros have put a good deal of spiritual symbolism into the film, it strikes me as though they've done a good job of modernizing and technologizing (horrible word) both philosophy and religion. In other words, all things for a reason, all things scientific. In this case, destiny can still exist, but more than likely, destiny is no more than a preset path by those with power, IE: The machines.
Well I'm glad I had some points you met me eye to eye on
I think humans have, forever, felt a need not for religion, but for purpose. Purpose is of course a recurring theme in the films, especially the second. People believe in religion not just because we are afraid of dying and being dead, but also because we want to believe we're a part of something more. No one wants to think they are just nothing and no one. I believe the machines want to keep the human population under control and under observation as much as possible, ie: no rogue human camps, no rebels, no people trying to take over the machine world.
Giving the humans a zion to live in, grow in, make relationships in, and something to fight for (neo, or zion, whichever they believe in) is the religion/purpose they need. It also minimizes the chances of humans going outside of zion and causing trouble.
All in all, thanks much for responding!