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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Both machines are killers, but which one is less evil? Which one would kill you more humanely? [Pickaklas]
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…
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…