And the name HAL (for that awesome evil computer in 2001) is derived by taking the letters of IBM and shifting them backwards in the alphabet by one! (H precedes I, etc. - this was intentional in the movie...)
IBM is working on the hardware for the Revolution! CONSPIRACY!!!
Post by Andronicus on May 21, 2005 19:12:06 GMT -5
I always thought it was intentional... A way of using a bit of social commentary - HAL is a super-smart computer that goes nuts. It's saying, we rely so much on these computers - what happens when one that our lives depend on goes nuts.
IBM is a big name in cimputers, and I simply thought it was a way of linking the movie in the reality - kind of saying, could this happen?
The movie is pretty interesting - slow, and later trippy, but interesting.
Maybe it wasn't intentional... But I thought it was.
Man, you are so missing the point. It's about what it is to be human. It's deep.
Just because it's slow, doesn't mean anything. Sure that 20 minute psychodelic scene near the end is way too long, but it's all about human evolution, human intelligence vs artificial intelligence, and what if human existence is based on something that we can't understand.
But, you're entitled to your opinion (I just don't agree that it stinks)... ;D
(Plus, the 2001 tune is awesome: dum... dum... dum... ... ... DA DAAAA! dum dum dum dum!)
It was a system developed in America by a company called Magnavox. It played Pong. That was it. Nintendo just got the rights to distribute the Japanese version, but it was their first foray into home videogames, and inspired the creation of the Color TV Game systems... so a significant step.