March 27, 2006

Kane, Bree, Hal and more

by Andrew Stern · , 4:49 pm

3 Responses to “Kane, Bree, Hal and more”


  1. andrew Says:

    Yikes, just realized the Hal book is from 1998. Consider this newer one, which I believe Michael contributed an essay to, although I can’t find a table of contents anywhere.

  2. michael Says:

    Yes, I have an essay, Reading Hal: AI and Representation, in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (edited by Robert Kolker). The book is intended for film studies folk. In my essay, I examine how Hal functioned as a representation of AI specifically to the AI community: “As a representation, Hal, and the role he plays within 2001, both captures preexisting intellectual currents that were already operating within the field of AI, and serves as an influential touchstone that had a profound impact on individual AI practitioners and on the aspirations of the field.”

    Here’s the full table of contents:

    2001: The Critical Reception and the Generation Gap – R. Barton Palmer
    Auteur with a Capital A – James Gilbert
    The Gravity of 2001: A Space Odyssey – J.P. Telotte
    Kubrick in Space – Stephen Mamber
    Of Men and Monoliths: Science Fiction, Gender, and 2001: A Space Odyssey – Barry Keith Grant
    The Cinematographic Brain in 2001: A Space Odyssey – Marcia Landy
    Reading HAL: Representation and Artificial Intelligence – Michael Mateas
    Kubrick’s Obscene Shadows – Susan White
    Double Minds and Double Binds in Stanley Kubrick’s Fairy Tale – George Toles

  3. andrew Says:

    About the Desperate Housewives game, according to Reuters, actually the developer is Liquid Entertainment, creator of the PC game “Dragonshard.”

    Plenty of cynical commentary at Guardian Games blog.

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