TONIGHT: HAL's Legacy on PBS

From: Mike Linksvayer (
Date: Tue Nov 27 2001 - 17:03:57 MST

    It's 2001. Where is HAL? What's stopping us from creating an
    Artificial Intelligence? 35 years ago, in the noted film classic
    2001:A Space Odyssey, writer Arthur C. Clarke and director
    Stanley Kubrick created a fictional AI which would set a
    benchmark for a whole real-world industry: the sinister,
    smooth-talking, omniscient computer HAL. Now, in the year 2001,
    we re-live some of the key scenes from the epic movie, and ask:
    can we ever construct such a creature in reality?

    We join Clarke in Sri Lanka and experts across the US. There
    is no reason, they say, why we can't create something far more
    intelligent than we are. How close are we to that goal?

11PM tonight on KQED in the SF Bay Area, earlier (local) times in
most East/Midwest markets.

  Mike Linksvayer

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