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IBM Gave Tech Help To Stanley Kubrick For His Famous "Psychotic Computer"

A new L.A. exhibit shows the legendary director's concern that IBM, which advised him on "2001: A Space Odyssey," would not be happy with the 1968 classic's scary tech storyline.

Kubrick in 1975
Kubrick in 1975
Julie Bort

In the classic 1968 movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey" a computer named HAL is slowly revealed to be quite the psychopath.

That makes for some good dramatic scenes in the movie, but it also caused director Stanley Kubrick some nail biting of his own. He was worried that IBM would take offense that HAL went nuts and caused people to die, letters between Kubrick and one of his assistants show.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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