Friday, July 22, 2011

HAL 9000 wins the chess game in 2001 by cheating (and more)

I've been watching a fascinating series of film analyses by Rober Ager. In this first video, he shows that HAL 9000 was based on IBM, and that HAL wins the chess game against the astronaut by cheating in two ways:









This next video is about The Shining and how the Overlook Hotel and hedge maze shift architecturally throughout the movie:




(I've previously linked to as series of posts explaining that the protagonist of The Shining is the hotel.)

There's many more videos in the series, including a look at Aliens (Cameron's take on Vietnam?). Via these sites.

*Buy 2001 posters at eBay.

2 comments:

  1. I always loved the connection between HAL and IBM - just one letter over
    H -> I
    A -> B
    L -> M

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  2. I don't think reading lips and convincing your opponent to quit are technically against the rules of chess.

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