Saturday, March 21, 2009

open the pod bay doors

HAL 9000, the most advanced computer at the time, has the pivotal role in Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick's, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The last episode in the movie (1968) has a spaceship and its crew heading to Jupiter. HAL is the on board computer that interfaces with the crew. They eventually realize that HAL is capable of error, and privately (in a pod) discuss disconnecting it. Although I am assuming, Deep Thought is more advanced than the HAL (after all, coming up with the ultimate answer is no easy task); HAL appears to overcome its handicap. I'm referring to its (assuming computers have no gender) hearing problem; why else would he have to read lips.

HAL is an acronym for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic Computer.

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