A Space Odyssey
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A journey which moves from the pre-historic birth of intelligence toward the emergence of man as pure thought somewhere in the future, featuring a space voyage to Jupiter which erupts in disaster when the ship's computer goes mad.
The discovery of a strange monolith on the moon leads to an investigation of its origins and of the nature of consciousness itself.
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HAL: "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use... which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do."
Dave: Hello, HAL. Do you read me HAL? HAL: Affirmative Dave... I read you. Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. HAL: I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Dave: What's the problem? HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Dave: What are you talking about HAL? HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. Dave: I don't know what you're talking about HAL. HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen. Dave: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL? HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. Dave: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock. HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult. Dave: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors! HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.
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