In the blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix, human beings live in a virtual world while lying in a state of suspended animation to serve as living batteries for diabolical machines. Covid-19 has, for better or worse, turned science fiction into reality as safe distancing measures forced the entire world into their homes and compelled much of human interaction to migrate online. Only that instead of human brain impulses, it is mobile data that powers this brave new online world. 

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