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  1. Sep 2018
    1. That’s Dr. Hunter, isn’t it? “By the Way do you mind if I ask you a personal question?

      HAL, a supposedly emotion feigning ultra-intelligent A.I., has just asked Dave if he could ask him a "personal question?" This should raise a concern in Dave, but it doesn't. Earlier in the film, during the BBC interview, the interviewer asked the Astronauts if HAL had emotions or if he was just faking it, their reply was that he was definitely programmed to feign emotions, however the fact whether if he actually had emotions or not remains a mystery. In this scene HAL acknowledges the existence of emotions by asking if he can ask a question that might incite a negative emotional response, a "personal question." This revelation should have frightened Dave, because it shows that HAL is more than a computer and is capable of more than just controlling the ship and maintaining optimal performance, HAL is capable of reading emotions and perhaps even capable of being afflicted by them.

  2. Feb 2016