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HAL 9000 vs. IBM 7094: Which 'Daisy' is creepier?

As someone who thinks about 2001: A Space Odyssey perhaps too often, I’d like to thank Switched.com [via Boing Boing] for feeding my never-ending hunger for HAL 9000 scoop and trivia. Turns out the song HAL sings before sputtering into obscurity, “Daisy,” was the first song ever “sung” by a computer. In the video below, you can hear HAL and a IBM 7090 series machine sing back-to-back. Which is creepier? I say the IBM!

Nerd prompt: Does this “Daisy” trivia lend more credence to the much-disputed theory that in addition to standing for Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer, HAL is really named HAL because its letters are one step ahead of IBM? Does writing this post make me a virgin again? So many questions. By the way, now I can’t stop thinking of potential scenarios for HAL fan fic. HAL gets overtaken by the “please hold” Apple pinwheel, HAL engages in a blinking contest with AUTO from WALL*E, HAL gets a makeover from Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash…

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