Anyone who has seen the classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey is aware of a few things. The first is that 2001, despite being some time ago now, did not offer the vast majority of the things promised in the movie. Well, Skype covers the video calls shown in the movie, but we’re a long way off from giant rotating space stations.
The second thing fans of the film will notice is that killer artificial intelligence software has not been achieved, which is enough to ruin anyone’s day. You would think by now we had at least managed to create an AI capable of pulling off a murder or two. After all, this is hardly the future we had all been dreaming of when the most we have is mildly sassy phone assistant software.
But don’t cross your arms and pout up a storm just yet, because it turns out that you can own a Hal 9000 of your very own.
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Looks The Part
Created by the Master Replica Group, extremely accurate recreations of the Hal 9000 command console are now available for purchase. It’s everything you’ve always dreamed of, allowing you to have a murderous household AI of your very own. Accuracy to the film really is outstanding, with every aspect of the replica lifted directly from the original movie blueprints. The results are a touch creepy, but that probably is exactly what anyone purchasing such a replica is hoping for.
So, it looks like Hal 9000, down to the retro style buttons and soul piercing red eye, but what you really want to know is; will the replica communicate convincingly, and will it try and murder me if the mission comes under serious risk? Sadly, the answer is yes to only one of these questions.
Doesn’t Act The Part
The limited edition Hal 9000 with command console does indeed respond to voice commands, and will do everything that the now popular Amazon Alexa is capable of. That is because, we’re sorry to report, that the software of the device is just Alexa, with a Hal 9000 voice. So no, it won’t make even the slightest effort to kill you. Disappointing is an understatement.
Still, there is something to be said for having the notoriously creepy voice responding to your commands. Though, how long before the novelty wears off and it starts becoming a little annoying? We’re putting money on the fact that owners will switch back to the normal Alexa voice after a week or two. The only question that remains now is; how much to own a Master Replica Group creation? Brace yourself, this isn’t going to pretty…
Big Bucks For Top Replicas
Open your wallet wide and make it say ahhhh, because a limited edition Hal 9000 replica will set you back a breezy $1,000. Don’t worry though, there is a cheaper $500 Bluetooth speaker dressed up to look like Hal option, for those don’t want to fork over $1,000 for what is essentially a repackaged Alexa. For hardcore fans only, it seems.