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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RE: Hal 9000?
by transputer_guy on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 18:52 in reply to "Hal 9000?"
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Yes we are in persistant PC infancy.

The no-keyboard-mice OS with natural voice language face & gesture communications could run on top of any OS out there, you really wouldn't want it to deal with hardware so it would look like an app that consumes all resources.

On a joking note we already have the self heaTing capabilities..

The hardware is willing but I don't see any software on the horizon, perhaps the hardware we have is not really suitable to build such software.

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RE[2]: Hal 9000?
by Anonymous Penguin on Thu 2nd Nov 2006 19:06 in reply to "RE: Hal 9000?"
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"perhaps the hardware we have is not really suitable to build such software."

Well, for instance hardware 64bit support has been available for quite a while, and it is getting better very fast. But I don't see many 64bit apps.
Even less I see apps which can take advantage of 4 or more CPU cores.

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