HAL’s Legacy

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, here is a SETI Institute talk by Dr David Stork on “HAL’s Legacy: 2001’s Computer as Dream and Reality”.  This was the title of a book he edited in 1998 comparing the technology envisioned in the film with that a few years before the year 2001.  In this lecture, he brings things up to date with progress toward achieving the capabilities of HAL in various domains in the ensuing twenty years.

We are now 549 days before the start of the Roaring Twenties.

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Author: John Walker

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16 thoughts on “HAL’s Legacy”

  1. Richard Easton:

    drlorentz:

    Richard Easton:
    I can imagine Dime saying the last words of HAL.

    You mean, sing Daisy Bell? Another computer beat HAL to it, anyway.

    Don’t give the Left ideas.  Do you have a prejudice against computers getting married?

    I used to oppose that but my views evolved.

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  2. Loved the movie!

    10 Cents: “SAL” had evolved and was mass produced. I’m surprised you didn’t know this, somehow I thought you were an expert in “SAL” and maybe you were just testing our knowledge of the subject. How I got that impression, I dunno…

    But for reference check out this (ADULT RATED) clip found on CNET.

    (Substitute “Dime” for “RY” in this demonstration for another extra chuckle.)

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  3. drlorentz:

    Richard Easton:

    drlorentz:

    Richard Easton:
    I can imagine Dime saying the last words of HAL.

    You mean, sing Daisy Bell? Another computer beat HAL to it, anyway.

    Don’t give the Left ideas.  Do you have a prejudice against computers getting married?

    I used to oppose that but my views evolved.

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve grown.  Normally conservative SC are described that way when they turn left.  You’ll be a shoo-in to replace Kennedy.

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  4. Richard Easton:

    drlorentz:

    Richard Easton:

    drlorentz:

    Richard Easton:
    I can imagine Dime saying the last words of HAL.

    You mean, sing Daisy Bell? Another computer beat HAL to it, anyway.

    Don’t give the Left ideas.  Do you have a prejudice against computers getting married?

    I used to oppose that but my views evolved.

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve grown.  Normally conservative SC are described that way when they turn left.  You’ll be a shoo-in to replace Kennedy.

    Yes, DocLor believes in Interface Marriages.

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