What happens in the real world when two people have a baby in The Matrix? Where do babies come from? Are they humans or AIs? If they're humans how were they conceived? Hasn't this question come up in the trilogy? Or in the interviews... I just watched the first one once again and they didn't answer this, don't remember the 2nd and the 3rd parts that well.

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The Matrix, as Morpheus explains, is styled on the 'boom' of humanity: late 20th century earth. Everything about 'normal' life is replicated within the simulation, so yes the occupants of the Matrix will have sex, get pregnant and eventually give birth: believing the baby to be of their genetic creation.

However, in the 'Desert of the Real', babies are not born: they are grown...

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Within the matrix, consciousness is transplanted from consciousness into the simulation: the same is true of newborns. The 'Birthing' within the Matrix is a program which recreates the conditions of childbirth, and then as the baby is 'born', he is plugged into the Matrix and its consciousness is transferred.

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    Then the only thing they need to take care of is the genetic configuration of the newborns, because afterall the avatars in the Matrix do look like their real counterparts. But I'd really say this is up to the creative freedom of the writers, mildly put.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 13:30
  • I guess the most consequent and thought-through way would have been for the real people to all look like the same clones, but well, who'd want to watch that (though, on the other hand the 1st, and initially probably only, part didn't have too many non-Matrix scenes anyway, so it might have worked).
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 14:24
  • a program which recreates the conditions of childbirth is pretty vague, to the point I would say of not answering the question.
    – Zombo
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 17:16
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    @StevenPenny, go shoot then. The film infers, and requires a 'reading' to answer... the text itself does not answer this, but reasonable conclusions can be assumed, with a little imagination. If you're struggling to this, I'll defer to André Breton, who is referenced within the film itself: "The man who cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot"... Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 19:29
  • @JohnSmithOptional the film doesnt infer anything, it just shows babies that are already born
    – Zombo
    Commented Sep 21, 2014 at 23:22

Babies are grown by the machines. The assumption is that the machines have done enough analysis and study of the human physiology to understand what is required for childbirth.

The machines use this information to simulate the womb environment artificially and grow the babies in that. Through genetic matching/mapping they probably select the Ovum and Sperm required for this process and introduce the fertilized egg in the artificial environment. The baby grows in the environment and when the time is right, it is plugged into the matrix.

Most of this is visually shown in the movie.


We know (from the Matrix Webcomic "Deja Vu" that bluepills (those inside the Matrix) can become pregnant and have children.

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And we know from the "desert of the real" speech by Morpheus that in the real world, babies are created by the machines using IVF techniques and artificial wombs. You may wish to note that the embryo is already plugged into the Matrix.

It's therefore no leap of the imagination to learn that as the babies grow, they're assigned to "parents" who think they're having a normal pregnancy.

When the baby is born, it then enjoys an independent existence, growing within the shell that was implanted into the "pregnant" mother.


All things that happen in the matrix are all just an illusion, a trick to the mind to all those human sleeping in a pod to become battery for the machine. Even if they do sex in the dream world, well there are all just a dream.

There is no routing of sperm to other female haha. All babies are created using IVF - in vitro fertilisation. There is no traditional baby making where sperm swimming to the egg :D.

You can ask another similar question like, if people eat in the matrix, what they actually eat in the pod or if they wear a dress in the matrix what they will wear in the pod. The answer is none. All activity in the matrix is just a dream simulation created by the machine. No correlation at all to the real world.

All human who died in the pod will be crushed to become liquid and become a food source to other human in the pod. That is all they eat and sleep/dream is all they do.

  • I don't think you thought this through. If sex (and therefore resulting person from childbirth) are all "just a dream simulation", then you'll have a lot of simulated people walking around in the matrix with no connection to the physical world. As (physical) people die, there's no mechanism to replace them (according to your premise). If the entire premise of the movie is to be believed, you'd almost have to conclude that babies in the matrix have some physical counterpart out there in the real world. Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 16:14
  • Well, the machine are capable of breeding human out of the sex context, why do you think they're not capable to create a simulated person or baby as you say it. Who do you think Agent Smith is or the Oracle. They are just computer program but they can have feeling, anger and even envy.
    – jumper rbk
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 16:22

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