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July 5: Space 2001: A Space Odyssey premieres.


On this day in 1968, Space 2001: A Space Odyssey was unleashed on the viewing public.  It was our first real taste of Artificial Intelligence. What they call A.I. now. That thing that is slowly but surely insinuating itself into every aspect of our lives. Allow me to remind you how it went down on Discovery One.

Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

What’s the problem?

I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

What are you talking about, HAL?

This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.

I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.

Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?

Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.

Alright, HAL. I’ll go in through the emergency airlock.

Without your space helmet, Dave? You’re going to find that rather difficult.

HAL, I won’t argue with you anymore! Open the doors!

Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.