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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another tidbit
by transputer_guy on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 18:19 UTC
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Aha, HALloween humor article

Long after the movie came out and because of the IBM-1 pun on HAL, there actually was a computer company called HAL Inc (in ye olde silicon valley) that specialized in IBM compatible hardware built in ECL and CMOS arrays. Never really knew exactly what they did though.

I like the ending where you Dave enters the cabinet and pulls HALs chips, notice that Cmdr Data did the same in the Startrek NG series so there is some agreement that computers in the far future will use arrays of plastic optical chips.

posting not that far from Salem Mass, witch city of America

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