12 Days of Geek | Day 8 | 2001: A Space Odyssey Massacre

Q. What was the name of the computer that killed much of the crew in 2001: A Space Odyssey?


Author Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick worked together on the future-fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film and novel were both released in 1968 and depicted the exploration of a mysterious black monolith in a manned mission to Jupiter.

The human members of the mission interact with their ship’s artificial intelligence system, HAL 9000 (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer), who, after a series of malfunctions, chooses to kill the crew to protect its own programmed orders.

If you’ve been following our 12 Days of Geek experience, you may recall our previous inquiry into the three laws of robotics. So here’s a new question—does HAL act in accordance with the three laws?

3 Responses to “12 Days of Geek | Day 8 | 2001: A Space Odyssey Massacre”

  1. Brian

    It was speculated that the word HAL was chosen as each of its letters was one letter off of the big blue computer powerhouse of the day…


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