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HAL 9000

  1. A.I. Experts Sign Open Letter to Recommend We Don’t Make A.I. a Sociopathic Nightmare

    They're afraid we might do that, Dave.

    Sure, we nearly constantly warn the Internet about the impending threat of our eventual robot overlords, but who wants to listen to a bunch of bloggers making nervous Terminator jokes? Now there's an open letter signed by actual experts in artificial intelligence that urges everyone to make sure that they build their AI to factor "is this good for humans" into its decisions.

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  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey With Jon Benjamin as HAL 9000 Proves All Things Are Better With Jon Benjamin

    I'm afraid I can't stop laughing, Dave.

    Everything Jon Benjamin does instantly becomes the absolute greatest. Now, he's done us all a favor and improved 2001: A Space Odyssey by replacing HAL's voice. It might be more comedic this way, but HAL 9000 is also even creepier as a giggling lunatic.

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  3. Now You Can Give Locking Yourself Out of the House Geeky Flair with This Life-Size HAL 9000 Replica [Video]

    There's two ways you can get your hands on a movie-accurate replica of the nefarious artificial intelligence HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The first -- provided you have no qualms with the destruction of property and your own reputation -- is smashing open the display case of cinematic tchotchkes at Planet Hollywood. The second, and comparatively least felonious, option is shelling out an honest buck for a HAL 9000 of your own. Currently on sale at ThinkGeek, every adult geek's one stop shop for frivolous spending, this reproduction of everyone's favorite wall-mounted A.I. unit comes programmed with 15 chillingly calm phrases and other goodies sure to make innocuous trips across the living room into a paranoid experience!

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  4. A Siri-Integrated HAL 9000 Dock for iPhone, Coming 2012

    From the moment Siri was introduced to the public with iPhone 4S, the comparisons to HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey began. With a surprisingly powerful, albeit quirky, voiced-based interface, it's quite understandable. Thankfully, the wonderful people at ThinkGeek have made the rhetorical reality with Iris 9000. Next to the traditional iPhone dock is a spitting image recreation of HAL 9000, complete with pulsating red eye and 1950s IBM design aesthetic. The device also amplifies Siri's voice, and provides a more robust microphone for picking up your voice from farther away. There's even a mini remote to activate Siri from across the room, or even while sitting in your pod locked out of your spaceship. Read on after the break for a video of Siri Hal Iris 9000 in action.

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