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Minsky and others to celebrate 2001's HAL

HAL's Birthday Party

Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Wong Auditorium, Tang Center.

In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, a fully intelligent computer, is sent into space to assist astronauts with their mission but ultimately tries to kill them because they endanger the mission.

In the movie HAL explains his past: "I became operational at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois, on the 12th of January, 1997." To celebrate his fictional birth date and the release of a collection of essays entitled HAL's Legacy, the MIT Press Bookstore is throwing a party.

Speaking will be David Stork, the editor of the collection; Murray Campbell, who worked on Deep Blue; Rosalind Picard ScD '86, associate professor of media arts and sciences; and Marvin L. Minsky, professor of media arts and sciences, who was on the set of 2001 as a consultant and thought fully intelligent computers would be possible by 2001. HAL will make a "special appearance" at his party, and after birthday cake, 2001 will be shown.