Could this be the greatest Angelina Jolie moment ever? Long before she starred in Wanted — before Hackers, even — she played a cyborg named Cash Reese in 1993's Cyborg 2, directed by the great schlock-meister Albert Pyun. Here are some of our favorite moments from the film, including a scene where a lady hacker gets root on Angelina's brain by talking to her about cream. Oh yes. Other great moments in our little clips reel: Angelina freaks out because she's been injected with a liquid explosive, and it turns out if she gets too far away from her creators, she goes haywire. (This is according to her mentor Mercy (Jack Palance) who appears in this scene as lips on the TV screen. And yes, it's Palance that Elias Koteas is calling "hot lips," not Jolie.) She also beats the crap out of an Asian fortune-teller/hacker, and then gets roped by the aforementioned lady hacker, who wears garter belt and stockings to go cyborg hunting. (Who wouldn't?) [IMDB]
Okay never mind B-movie cheese or drooling over Jolie, let's consider this "getting root access" on someone else's brain idea for a minute.
It abuses a metaphor. While it is true that brains are machines and thus can be emulated by turing machines. I don't think brains should be viewed as computers in a simple sense. I certainly don't think minds are like computer operating systems, certainly not any of the unices.
This was one of the things I was willing to suspend disbelief on with Snow Crash and some of Gibson's stuff but with lesser attempts at cyberpunk, I draw the line and dismiss the faulty metaphor.
I mean to mess up someone's mind is actually pretty simple just give them lots of drugs—alcohol, heroin, THC, etc. But that really isn't the same thing as root or administrative access.
It's abuse of a metaphor and clouds our understanding of the way brains and minds really work.