2001: A Space Odyssey (novel and film)

Description (in English)

The 1968 movie was by Stanley Kubrick, with a screenplay by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke then wrote a novel based on the film, published the same year."
The Machine Vision situations are signed to either novel or film.

(Novel description by Tijana)
2001: A Space Odyssey is a novel consisting of six parts. Chronologically, the reader first encounters the ancient history of the human kind (about 3 million years ago), to then be placed in the modern times (ca year 2001, as imagined in 1968). The part of the book set in the modern times begins with the discovery of a jet-black monolith on the dark side of the Moon, continues with a space mission to one of Saturn's moons, Iapetus, to investigate its connection to the monolith on the Moon, and ends with the next step in the evolution of man. The common thread in the two time periods is the alien influence on human evolution via the so-called monoliths.

Machine vision is most prominent in the form of HAL 9000, an artificial intelligence that has "eyes" (cameras) all over the ship, and that is as perfectly capable of operating all of the ship's systems as he is of being a credibly human-like companion for the mission's crew (when it comes to intelligence and conversational skills). However, due to a programming conflict, HAL 9000 ends up killing 4 members of the crew before Bowman, the only remaining crew member, manages to switch his higher cognitive functions off.

(Film description by Milad)
Mankind's evolution is portrayed and accelerated by the appearance of a series of catalystic monoliths that first appears with mankind as apes and finally culminates with the trancendence of the human race. A radically inventive movie that seeks to draw a line between mankind's past, present and future, in search of questions about the developement of man beyond the present age. 


The three main sentiments in my interpretation of the book are neutral, flawed and hostile. The reason for this is that, in the beginning, the crew is mostly neutral to the presence of the AI, and it is perhaps even perceived as helpful. As the book progresses, the AI is perceived by the crew as flawed (when he starts giving inaccurate data), and eventually as hostile (when it kills 4 crewmen and is terminated by Bowman). Another reason to include flawed is an entire chapter from HAL's (AI's) perspective, where HAL's logic becomes clear to the reader; the AI hasn't suddenly turned evil, but is conflicted, desperately wanting for the project to succeed, and seeing the human crew as an obstacle to that.
I added Dangerous to the sentiments as it is even killing not only Threatening but also risky and unsafe (Linda).
Merged the novel and film together as discussed on 16.4.2021. I also added sentiments and topics from film that were different from the novel. And added one character from film that was not in the novel. Removed the referenced tech that is not mentioned in the situations (Linda)
After merging the film and novel there are still some things that needs to be discussed in the situation e.g. how HAL is logged as tech and character, otherwise some of the film situations do not have tech. etc. (Linda)

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