Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Giant memetic war hatching 4

o why did HAL murder the discovery crew back in 2001?

Sudden trauma? Blown fuse, dislodged connector or cosmic rays? Emotional imbalance provoked by the stresses of the mission? Alpha version of Vista?
Schizophrenia as explained in 2010?
From his perspective, when he started to feel something in the way Poole and Bowman where looking at him, did he experience unmotivated seeing of connections? Is it what triggered his initiative to spy on them? Was it accompanied by a specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness?
Was HAL asking himself too many questions that led him to try to connect too many dots together?
When he is looking at Poole and Bowman lips, is he only looking here or is he recording all the inputs from the spaceship? Is the whole secrecy in which the mission has been warped, a threat for his mental equilibrium?

the 1968|2001 tunnel

I know, asking these questions will lead me nowhere but in the murky avenue of the 20th century sci-fi. But let's look at 2001 from other perspectives.
Did anybody ever thought about this from the perspective of someone who died in 1999? How uncanny would it feel?
And from the angle of someone who was already born in 1968, when the movie was released and when waves of rebellion were crashing against the conservative norms of the time. Would he feel disillusionment, trapped in a chaotic situation, gloomy emotions?

Apart from Matt Marello who is actively using this time tunnel in his recent works, it appears almost forbidden to go digging anything there without bearing the "I work on apophenia" badge. Yet, humanity apparently still cop with this post 2001 pareidolia pandemic.

The disease is reported to be spreading everywhere, taking any shape it needs to infiltrate the most brilliant minds of our time. It's even in Dawkins who sins for the good reason by advocating for the scientific lifestyle, rather than "Web's mumbo-jumbos". His main argument: the increased life expectancy of the 20th century. But by predicting the continuation of this process if we kindly obey the "scientific approach", he is just doing what he actually condemns. Yet coming from a scientific mind, this is just as unscientific as stating that we will have a second sun in 2010 (really scary movie by the way). It is not based on a repeatable framework, neither on precise data. His claim needs sociological inputs that I'm just dreaming to possess.
By protecting his own agenda at any cost, he forgot to follow his own teaching. Intelligence has to do with patterns recognition and a false prediction generated by irrelevant patterns is an original sin.

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

So what was this movie really about? Bear in mind that this movie is still the most accurate visual tale of manned space travel after Apollo 11 in 1969. Extremely realistic when compared with other sci-fi films, particularly its predecessors, its portrayal of weightlessness and evolution of technologies has been carried out with surgical care. Why such a meticulousness?
Was this movie intended to become a satire of our modern technology?
One sentence may be crystallizing the whole purpose of this odyssey: "Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
Bowman must feel very frustrated by such communication with a sly artificial self-motivation. Realizing that despite the drastic discipline he and Poole followed, they didn't fully apprehend how far a judgment mistake would lead them.
Despite such an arsenal of security systems, despite their zero-default philosophy, the unconceivable happened. Men got usurped by their own creation.

The baby boom generation suffers an identical tearing down of what they once believed in and which is not obeying them anymore. Eventually, they may create more chaos for this purpose. Unsecured, scared, they are ready to steps back from the brink of their own destruction. Their collective consciousness became totally unpredictable and radiates with lethal ideas.

So let's just wait and hope I can witness Dawkins's death, not allow myself to be intimidated and propose that HAL just wanted to live. In fact, this may be the most conservative definition of intelligence -- pure brut force replication rule.

Meanwhile, the "cover story" of a thought epidemic and a world-wide communications black-out will remain in effect until decided otherwise by our masters. And the potential for cultural shock and social disorientation of what really happened that year is still under negotiation.