HAL's Legacy: 2001's Computer As Dream and Reality

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David G. Stork
MIT Press, 1997 - Computers - 384 pages
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How science fiction's most famous computer has influenced the research and design of intelligent machines.

I became operational... in Urbana, Illinois, on January 12, 1997.

Inspired by HAL's self-proclaimed birth date, HAL's Legacy reflects upon science fiction's most famous computer and explores the relationship between science fantasy and technological fact. The informative, nontechnical chapters written especially for this book describe many of the areas of computer science critical to the design of intelligent machines, discuss whether scientists in the 1960s were accurate about the prospects for advancement in their fields, and look at how HAL has influenced scientific research.

Contributions by leading scientists look at the technologies that would be critical if we were, as Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick imagined thirty years ago, to try and build HAL in 1997: supercomputers, fault-tolerance and reliability, planning, artificial intelligence, lipreading, speech recognition and synthesis, commonsense reasoning, the ability to recognize and display emotion, and human-machine interaction. A separate chapter by philosopher Daniel Dennett considers the ethical implications of intelligent machines.


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HAL'S LEGACY: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality

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Tributes to Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's classic film, and discussions concerning how close we are to computers that are as intelligent, as devious, and even as emotional as the infamous HAL ... Read full review

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You might not consider HAL to be a hero, but you have to at least consider him an actor. Technically, he did play a part in a movie. 2001 was such an influencial movie and this book is about the people who consider HAL a reality. Read full review


HAL and the Vision of 2007
An Interview with Marvin Minsky 75
Could We Build HAL? Supercomputer Design
Foolproof and incapable of error? Reliable Computing and Fault
How HAL Plays Chess
Text to Speech Synthesis 707
Common Sense and the Mind of HAL 793
How HAL Could See 277
Working with the Machines of the Future
Does HAL Cry Digital Tears? Emotions and Computers
An Interview with
When HAL Kills Whos to Blame? Computer Ethics

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About the author (1997)

DAVID G. STORK, PhD, is Chief Scientist at Ricoh Innovations, Inc., and Consulting Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. A graduate of MIT and the University of Maryland, he is the founder and leader of the Open Mind Initiative and the coauthor, with Richard Duda and Peter Hart, of Pattern Classification, Second Edition, as well as four other books.

ELAD YOM-TOV, PhD, is a research scientist at IBM Research Lab in Haifa, working on the applications of machine learning to search technologies, bioinformatics, and hardware verification (among others). He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University and the Technion.

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