2001: A Space Odyssey – was a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. By the end of the voyage, HAL the sentient computer who is supposed to monitor and assist humans, kills them all to ensure the success of the assigned mission after his (sic) own life is threatened.
The ongoing (never-ending?) Terminator series explores in blunt Hollywood fashion an age when machines simply “dismiss human beings as alien and disposable squatters on the earth” (as Al Gore would suggest in Earth in the Balance).
The Matrix series imagines a different fate for humans: we become a fuel source for the voracious appetites of machines that have taken over. It is sentience on steroids, since…
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