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9. What about the relationship between HAL (the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and IBM? (If you add 1 to each letter in HAL you get IBM.)




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This article is from the rec.arts.sf.movies FAQ, by Evelyn C. Leeper evelynleeper@geocities.com with numerous contributions by others.

9. What about the relationship between HAL (the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and IBM? (If you add 1 to each letter in HAL you get IBM.)

According to Clarke, this relationship is entirely accidental. In
fact, he claims that if he had been aware of it, he would have chosen a
different name for his computer. (HAL stands for Heuristic ALgorithmic.)

 

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