2001 Space Odyssey

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The 1968 film 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick is an intense piece of work that frustrates and questions the audience due to the perplexing storyline. It is highly regarded as a film that accurately portrays space, has incredible special effects, and obscure concepts. Technology, in the artificial intelligence form, plays a prominent role in this film due to the futuristic elements of space, themes of existentialism, and evolution. HAL 9000 is introduced in the film as one of the most reliable computers around, but like all powerful characters, HAL had a tragic downfall that was integral in this film. As Iris Murdoch once wrote, “art is the imitation of nature”; HAL is perceived as art (Murdoch, page 113). HAL is a super computer that was created for the sole purpose of using its knowledge, speed, and accuracy to assist humans. “Put knowledge into souls where none was before” (IDK HOW TO FIT THIS INTO THE ABOVE SENTENCE) (Plato, page 89). Murdoch makes a strong point when she claims,“ we look at something which interests us and we reproduce it in another medium” and “art as fundamentally mimetic, or imitative” this …show more content…
I can feel it” which hint that HAL experiences emotions. You can see this through the phrase, “art would inhibit reflection and liberating thought” because HAL is being liberated when Bowman permanently disconnects him. (IDK IF I SHOULD PUT THIS IN THE PARAGRAPH BEFORE BC IDK IF ANALYSIS SHOULD BE IN A CONCLUSION) HAL is a character that evolved throughout this film from being an emotionless creation to a being that feels. 2001 Space Odyssey is a film that deals with the artificial intelligence element that allows us to perceive it as art instead of just a form of

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