The converse of the human Self-Edit Theory and Free Will. While humans endeavor to alter their environment through themselves, the machines do so directly. Examples include the bricking up of windows, the alteration of mouths, and Possession. Further, while human editing occurs in self, Machine editing seems to be external to the the individual and based upon hierarchy. The Agents need to invoke the meta-editing abilities of a higher machine in order to perform editing. It is also a slow (versus human editing) and glitchy process (see: elasticity) which is why the Agents were not throwing down brick walls to stop Neo during his chase or materializing bullets in Smith's empty gun held to Neo's head.