Even 17 years beyond 2001, spacesuits are bulkier than this.
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People are still wrestling with what artificial intelligence could and should do, half a century after the debut of the Kubrick-Clarke classic.
A scene from Doug Engelbart’s groundbreaking 1968 computer demo.
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A 90-minute presentation in 1968 showed off the earliest desktop computer system. In the process it introduced the idea that technology could make individuals better – if government funded research.
2001: A Space Odyssey’s sentient computer will only ever be a work of science fiction, says a cognitive neuroscientist.
Fact or fiction? Either way, an alien still seems menacing.
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Stephen Hawking raised the public profile of grand science, and speculated about the future of artificial intelligence, as well as contacting aliens. Does science mix easily with science fiction?
Jewish actor Peter Sellers in Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.
For a man who was “not really a Jew”, Kubrick’s feature films are woven with Jewish references.
Odysseus and his crew escape the cyclops, as painted by Arnold Böcklin in 1896.
The story of the Odyssey is a quintessential quest that relates to the passage through life and the importance of love, family and home. Odysseus’s adventures have influenced everyone from Batman to Bob Dylan.
The idea that there’s a moral imperative for humans to expand beyond Earth is echoed by influential proponents of space exploration.
Technology had enabled humans to explore the deep sea, the Earth’s poles, and outer space. But we shouldn’t forget historical lessons about frontiers in the process of traversing them.