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The Original Murderous Digital Assistant Is Now a Bluetooth Speaker

HAL 9000 is the original suspicious digital assistant. Before we invite Alexa, Google, and Siri into our lives to surveil our every action there was 2001: Space Odyssey’s HAL, an AI so murderous it’s a wonder anyone saw its actions and thought, “you know, not all of this is bad.” But despite the fact that HAL gave us a dozen reasons why trusting computers is dangerous, it’s also, admittedly, really cool looking. So naturally, Master Replica Group has created a near perfect prop reproduction of HAL 9000 for anyone to purchase, and because the company has an affection for functional props, HAL 9000 is also a Bluetooth speaker. Read More >>

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This May Be Stanley Kubrick Himself Explaining the End of 2001: A Space Odyssey 

A video has surfaced which appears to feature Stanley Kubrick himself explaining the end of 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Allow us to explain. Read More >>

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This Light-Up HAL 9000 USB Flash Drive Can’t Sing, But Probably Won’t Kill You Either

Master Replicas, makers of some of the finest lightsaber replicas in any galaxy, sadly closed its doors back in 2008. Last year, however, part of its original team opened Master Replicas Group, a new company that’s relaunching with a series of 2001: A Space Odyssey collectibles to start, including a flash drive based on one of Hollywood’s most terrifying villains. Read More >>

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You Can Soon Own a HAL 9000 Replica That Uses Amazon Alexa to Control Your Home, Dave

As I vaguely recall, 2001: A Space Odyssey might have been trying to tell us something about the dangers of artificial intelligence. But I haven’t seen the movie in years, and instead of morals, all I can remember is how cool HAL9000 seemed, so I’m already fantasising about making room on my wall for this replica of the lip-reading computer that includes a real AI of its own. Read More >>

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Uh, Apple, Did You Think This Through?

The crowd cheered in California on Monday, when Apple announced HomePod, a new smart speaker armed with Siri, the company’s virtual assistant. Minutes later, an image of the product appeared on Apple’s website and, well, holy shit, it looks just like HAL 9000! Is Apple fucking with us? Read More >>

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This Conversation Between HAL 9000 and Samantha from Her Is a Little Creepy

Here’s an excellent re-imagination of two of the most famous depictions of artificial intelligence in film, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her. Tillmann Ohm stitched together the actual dialogue from the films to construct a new conversation between the two. It flows rather well. Read More >>

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Ridley Scott is Producing a Miniseries Sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey

Great news for Arthur C. Clarke and/or Ridley Scott fans (in other words, everyone). The Blade Runner and Alien director just signed on to produce a Syfy Channel miniseries version of Clarke's 2001 sequel, 3001: The Final Odyssey. Read More >>

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Watch 2001: A Space Odyssey as a 60-Second Cartoon

2001: A Space Odyssey earns the term "epic" more than almost any other movie. The two-hour-and-forty-one-minute cinema classic is an absolute must-watch. But if you don't have that kind of time, Speedrun just very loosely condensed the plot down to a mere 60 seconds. Read More >>

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The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

What's most notable about Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is that the epic science fiction adventure was made using old-school practical special effects, well before computer graphics became a staple of the film industry. So when someone like Taschen releases a four-volume book set detailing the film's production, you just know it will be chock full of wonderful behind-the-scenes images—not just screenshots of 3D software. Read More >>

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Stunning Behind-the-Scenes Photos Show Iconic Movies in a New Light

We love the magic of the movies, that trickery that lets us believe in beautiful robots, time-travelling scientists, wolf men, and flying superheroes. But sometimes it's fun to peek behind the curtain, and see the secrets and candid faces behind our favourite films. Read More >>