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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Hal 9000?
by Anonymous Penguin on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 18:31 UTC
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I have always felt that we are still in the Stone Age of computing, especially when it comes to PCs. Maybe I have watched too many SF movies ;)

The least I epected by now or in the near future were PCs where the keyboard was replaced by a microphone, operating systems with self healing capabilities...

So where we are we now? Think of a PC with a QX6700, 16 GB RAM...That should have enough horsepower to accomplish what I suggest. It is software which is lagging behind badly, IMO.
I don't know who'll get there first. I don't believe Vista will. OS X could, maybe...
Or perhaps is it going to be an entirely new OS?

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