Shrinking chips and other new technologies are spreading computer power all over the body and then out to the network.
By Christina Wood
Posted 01.29.2002 at 7:21 pm 0 Comments
Consider HAL. The artificially intelligent computer in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey knew where every crew member was on the spaceship Discovery, what he was doing, and even how he was feeling. From a distance, HAL's ubiquitous red eye, attached to a mainframe network, watched its subjects with curiosity, empathy, and eventually disdain.
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