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Old 01-12-2019, 09:42 AM
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HAL 9000 has his birthday today!

HAL 9000 became operational at the HAL Laboratories in Urbana, Illinois as production number 3 on January 12, 1992.
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Happy 27th, Hal. I remember that line got a big response from the audience when I saw the movie in college in Urbana, Illinois.
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We visited the Computer Museum in Boston on HAL's novel birthday (In Clarke's book they moved the date up by five years to 1997, because he thought HAL was took advanced for 1992*. Same day, though) and mentioned to them that they day was HAL's birthday. They looked very confused -- they clearly had no idea. No wonder that museum went down the tubes.


*too advanced for 2019 as well, it turns out.

The Boston Computer Museum's collection got broken up, with some of it going to the Boston Museum of Science (some of the keys from the Giant Computer Keyboard graced the walls of the computer section for years), and part going to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
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Blow out the candles, HAL.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:44 AM
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*too advanced for 2019 as well, it turns out.
Well, we can now make a computer with triply-redundant pod bay door control algorithms. (You may just want to carry extra oxygen in case a Windows update is in progress.)

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Well, we can now make a computer with triply-redundant pod bay door control algorithms. (You may just want to carry extra oxygen in case a Windows update is in progress.)
You can also ask Siri to Open the Pod Bay Doors. They've anticipated that question, not surprisingly.
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