Scientist designs AI based on the murderous HAL from 2001

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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that (2001)
I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that (2001)

In today’s ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ news, a scientist has designed an AI based on the murderous HAL from the film 2001.

You know, the one that kills people and refuses to open the pod bay doors.

AI pioneer Pete Bonasso from TRACLabs took HAL as his inspiration when designing his ‘cognitive architecture for space agents’ – an AI designed to look after space missions (without murdering astronauts).

Bonasso told Science Alert, ‘I saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in my senior year at West Point in 1968.

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‘When I saw 2001, I knew I had to make the computer into another being, a being like HAL 9000.’

The CASE prototype manages a space station (in simulations only, so far), dealing with emergencies such as gas leaks, dust storms and broken motors and controlling the software and hardware on a colony base.

Bonasso told Space.com, ‘Our colleagues and NASA counterparts are not concerned that our HAL might get out of control.

‘That’s because it can’t do anything it’s not programmed to do.’

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