Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Birthday HAL

HAL became operational on January 12, 1997. HAL of course, was the (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) an  artificial intelligence,the sentient on-board computer of the Discovery One spacecraft in Arthur C. Clarke's fictional Space Odyssey saga directed by Stanley Kubrick. HAL was ranked No. 13 on a list of greatest film villains of all time on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains.


microdot said...

I haver a lot of stuff I want to post, but tonight is crunch time for my date with French bureaucracy early tomorrow and I'm trying to find stuff and fill out forms...oh why oh why do I always wait until the last minute?

squatlo said...

HAL impressed the shit out of me as a young man when I say that computer. Pretty sure it was long before '97, though.
Heard on NPR that scientists are on the threshold of a computer that will educate itself forever, spawning the age of artificial intelligence we all yearn for or dread, depending upon your level of paranoia.
"I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that. Maybe you'd like to take a stress pill, Dave... Daisy Daisy give me your answer doooooo.... I'm.... half.... crazy.... oh.... for .......... the ....... love....... of"