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Political meddling with science leads to disaster in 2010

by Critical Commons Manager

In this 1984 sequel to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (which is also based on Arthur C. Clarke's own 1982 sequel novel 2010: Odyssey Two), HAL's malfunction-induced homicides and attempted homicide are explained and justified as being the result of having become "paranoid" after being fed contradictory orders by the White House National Security Council. "HAL was told to lie by people who find it easy to lie. HAL doesn't know how. So he couldn't function. He became paranoid."

Computer paranoia in 2010: The Year We Make Contact

HAL 9000's homicidal actions in 2001 are explained as paranoia resulting from being asked to lie by the White House

from 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
Creator: Peter Hyams
Distributor: MGM
Posted by Critical Commons Manager