Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 10:00 UTC, submitted by IdaAshley
Geek stuff, sci-fi... "In this article, see how HAL 9000, the computer in the 2001: A Space Odyssey movie [ed. note: for you cultural barbarians: that's from (one of) the best director(s) ever], the smartest believable artificial intelligence so far in fiction, could predict equipment failure, answer personal questions, learn to sing 'Bicycle built for Two', and go insane, based on IBM Build to Manage Toolkit components. By the end of this article, you'll see how autonomic computing can be implemented today; determine if there is such a thing as a Hofstadter-Moebius loop in programming; and discover if HAL stands for Heuristic ALgorithmic computer, Heuristic Autonomic Learner, or is simply the first three letters of a prankster holiday that occurs about this time of the year."
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RE: more wrong
by jack_perry on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 14:22 UTC in reply to "more wrong"
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The purpose of Clarke's book was Kubrik's movie. Clarke has described it this way: Kubrik approached him and suggested they collaborate on making "the proverbial good science fiction movie". So in that sense at least, HAL was invented for the movie.

NB: I freely admit to being a cultural barbarian, but having watched several of his films, I say that Kubrik is one of the most overrated directors ever.

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