Open the Pod Bay Door

“I’m Sorry, Dave
…but I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

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 before, where Hal is run by Amazon’s Alexa. Superb!


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