Talking to Master Replicas’ Hal 9000 smart speaker sent chills down my spine.
“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Even with the background hum of New York Comic Con all around us, the iconic voice of Hal 9000 — the sentient computer from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey -- made me intensely nervous as its red eye stares back from Master Replicas’ booth on the convention floor.
Steve Dymszo, CEO for the prop-making company, leans in to speak over the noise of the crowd. “What’s the problem?”
“I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do,” Hal responds. Dymszo gestures to the device. “You can go on and on with the rest of the sequence.”
Announced earlier this year in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the iconic film’s release, the speaker system is an impeccable replica of the artificial intelligence’s hardware. It’s large, designed to be mounted on the wall, with Hal’s uncanny eye staring back at us. On the left is a series of buttons and screens that show off reproductions of screens from the film, showing off maps and docking sequences.
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