The Meaning of Life?

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“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” If that quote makes your spine tingle, you may be recalling the first time you watched, “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Here is the scene that shows man versus machine. Of course, for anyone who has worked on computers for the years they have been in our homes and offices, we know that they stubbornly do not do what we ask on a regular basis.

The film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” is celebrating 50 years from its debut,  opening in April of 1968. Dave is actor Keir Dullea, an astronaut on a mission, and HAL is HAL 9000, the computer that controls everything on the spaceship. The science fiction film was written by Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick also directed the film. There is minimal dialogue, and at the time, cutting-edge special effects. The sound track of classical music has become instantly recognizable.

Here is the original trailer for the film:

And here is the ending. It is ok, I am not giving away any secrets. No one knows the secrets of the film. Lots of people are still debating the meaning of the film 50 years after it was released.

Best wishes,

Carol