HAL became operational on 12 January 1992 at the HAL Laboratories in Urbana, Illinois, as production number 3. Yep: it’s HAL’s birthday. 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: The Year We Make Contact are available on Amazon DVD. Both are awesome. Addendum: a reader on Facebook pointed me to this lovely takeoff, which I hadn’t seen […]
Actually, I don’t get food in mine — not even sprayed coffee. Having an Author’s Cat, I get hair in mine. Way, way too much hair.
I’ve always thought this quote was profound. When I posted it, I commented: It’s often attributed to “Paul Brandt” — but it’s not clear if that refers to Canadian country music artist Paul Rennée Belobersycky (Brandt is his stage name), or someone less famous. I searched music lyric sites to see if it’s in one of […]
There’s just no such thing as a perfect web browser.
The full context of this quote, from my eulogy of Jerry in 1999: Jerry was a brilliant and uncompromising engineer. One of his strengths was keeping humans in the loop: It’s relatively easy to design a machine. It’s a lot harder to design it well so that it helps people, rather than get in their […]
I like that this is positioned right next to a big Brother printer. They’re everywhere! P.S.: If you do have an Amazon Echo, ask that question: there’s an answer ready!
Seriously: just about every public official ought to be wearing them — with the public being able to randomly view interactions.