Haha, Xbox One Is Basically Going to Be HAL 9000

Freaked out about the "always on" Xbox One creeping on your life? You probably shouldn't be. But if you're one of those people who's afraid of connecting your Xbox to the Internet, love playing old and used games and hate having a Kinect, this is your hilarious fear of Xbox One: it's HAL 9000. » 6/05/13 8:00pm 6/05/13 8:00pm

Watch Siri Turn Into a Home Automation Master With the Help Of…

With home automation being all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before Siri got her little, occasionally holier-than-thou claws into the action. All it took was YouTube user Elvis Impersonator, a Raspberry Pi, and enough trust in Siri's goodness to believe she won't devolve into a Hal 9000 wannabe. » 2/06/13 3:40pm 2/06/13 3:40pm

You Can Buy a HAL 9000 Replica Made from the Original Movie Blueprints

Good morning, Reader. This is a HAL 9000 replica computer. It became operational at the ThinkGeek Plant today, and is built with the same illustrations and blueprints as the one used in 2001: A Space Odyssey. » 1/07/13 3:40pm 1/07/13 3:40pm

Dear IBM, Your Computer's Psychotic—Just Letting You Know

Two years before Stanley Kubrick released 2001: A Space Odyssey, he was starting to worry that IBM would get a little mad when HAL 9000, the computer they helped design, came off, well, psychotic. » 1/04/13 3:40pm 1/04/13 3:40pm

ThinkGeek's IRIS 9000: The Best Reason Yet to Buy an iPhone 4S

Sure, Siri is cool. It can make appointments, send emails, and knit you sweaters (unverified), but you have to talk into your hand. That's no fun. And where's the big, red, evil eye? There's got to be a better way! » 10/25/11 8:00am 10/25/11 8:00am

Turn Your MacBook Into a Psychotic Computer

Just because this decal is obvious, it's not less awesome. Actually, I really wish I could turn my MacBook into the real HAL 9000, Dave. [Etsy via Geeky Gadgets] » 10/04/10 11:00am 10/04/10 11:00am

HAL 9000 Papercraft Will, At Some Point, Cut You

We know. He certainly looks cute and harmless. But sooner or later, the HAL 9000 (freely printable papercraft version) could get a small, unintentional dent in the side. "I'll just toss him in the shredder for another," you say out of earshot from the harmless little paper computer. Or so you thought... [ Mr. Hal 9000 » 11/24/08 4:00pm 11/24/08 4:00pm

The Amazing Changing Faces of HAL 9000

The people at the Fark » 10/03/08 10:00am 10/03/08 10:00am forums have run a Photoshop contest on HAL 9000, twisting the ominous red eye of the psychopath mainframe into all sorts of funny variations. From HAL 9000 to PAL 9000 to HEIL 9000 to the obligatory GLORY HAL, the resulting gallery is hilarious.

New Yorker: Why We Won't Have Fully Conversational Robots

John Seabrook wrote a recent feature in The New Yorker about interactive-voice-response systems (I.V.R.) commonly used with customer service and tech support telephone hotlines. Seabrook spent time at B.B.N. Technologies watching these systems transcribe callers' words and analyzing the tone of voice for emotions… » 6/24/08 7:50pm 6/24/08 7:50pm

What Are You Doing, Dave?

For a mere $69.99, you, too, can own a piece of HAL 9000's core memory. This 1-GB USB key may LOOK like it just has a sticker that says HAL on it, but this is the operational memory for the most maniacal robot in universe. Just don't pull it out without ejecting it first in OS X—because it has the greatest enthusiasm… » 2/23/06 11:04am 2/23/06 11:04am