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Dying Computers · 2007-05-03

There is this scene in Kubrick's Space Odyssey when Dave the astronaut is shutting down HAL 9000 the board computer. This scene is often referred to as the first killing of a computer. The scene after all asks the question if a man made machine can be actually killed. Is it dead? Did it live?

HAL and Dave

Space Odyssey was published in 1968 and only three years later in 1971 the first adaption of the theme was aired in the Ed Sullivan Show starring an early Cookie Monster. Enjoy:

HAL and Cookie Monster

(cookie monster found at boingboing)


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