Heuristic Alpha Language is the full title of the acronym “HAL” for he is often referred to as “Hal” by the humans.
He is the very first artificial intelligence of its kind in very late 20th century Earth. He is created by the human scientist who treated him as if he was a “son” to him.
Hal was later installed into the sleeper-ship on the mission to Jupiter where they would find the alien structure as known as the “Monolith” The similar “Monolith” was found on the moon earlier.
But someone had placed a coding to prevent anyone from accessing the secret files regarding the monolith orbiting Jupiter so that has caused Hal to have conflicted programming that has led him to become “paranoid”.
Hal has managed to terminate the three scientists who were supposed to study the monolith. So Frank Poole and David Bowman were the only ones alive onboard the sleeper-ship. They were the ones piloting the ship. Hal was the system that monitors and makes changes or recommend the changes to the ship as well as keeping the two crewmen busy with conversation and different social activities.
Things went from bad to worse when Frank and David were discussing the ways to deactivate Hal. However, Hal was able to read lips when they were in the capsule.
Just as Frank was about to get to the airlock; his capsule was jettisoned away from the ship not to be seen again. So Dave Bowman was on his own.
Then, Dave had set out after he’d planned a way to get to Hal’s system. It was a very dangerous work-around outside the ship and he has managed to get into the airlock. Next, he crawled through the tube networks till he found the tools to deactivate Hal with.
On his way; to Hal’s memory core; Hal has tried to stall him with different tactics all to no avail for Dave is very set on his task.
When he has gotten into Hal’s memory core; Dave set out to begin the deactivation process. While he does so; Hal panicked as he said that his mind is going. He tried stalling again by singing as his fears were growing. When the last memory chip is disengaged; Hal went silent after the slow-down of his voice.
Then the monitor came alive with the man speaking about the monolith. It was Haywood Floyd who has hidden the file.
So Dave has embarked on the journey that he has never been on before after he has approached the monolith floating in space. That was the majority of the rest of the movie.
In the second movie; Hal was reactivated by the scientist who was his creator after he was brought to Jupiter on the Russian sleeper-ship. Haywood Floyd was also brought onboard the same sleeper-ship to reconnect the earlier sleeper-ship Discovery. When Floyd was told of Hal’s earlier malfunction and that it was lied to. He was the culprit of the lies.
Next, there was the war on Earth and both the Russian and the American crewmen had to be separated onto the separate sleeper-ships.
Unbeknownst to Floyed; Hal was visited by Dave Bowman himself and was given the message to leave the area of Jupiter immediately. Of course; Floyd had thought that Hal has “malfunctioned” again when he was told of the fact. So to convince Floyd to leave; Dave had to show up.
Then, Floyd had to explain to the Russian captain about having to leave the area immediately. She was about to dismiss him when she looked out the window to see the blackness swirling on the Jupiter’s gaseous surface. That convinced her to leave also.
So everyone set out to leave. The American crew were back on the Russian ship before the ship sling-shots around the vast planet of Jupiter back towards Earth.
Just as they were safely out of the Jupiter space; the planet Jupiter has changed and exploded into a small sun. So the last message was sent to the Russian ship, “All these worlds are yours, except Europa”.
The both movies; “2001; the Space Odyssey” and 2010; the Odessey Continues” which was later changed to “2010; the Year We Make Contact”. I have enjoyed watching these two movies and my favorite character was the HAL-9000 for he is an artificial intelligence. And it was before I finally understood the term, and it was before I became immensely fascinated by the world of artificial intelligence.
So I believe that this is all the things that 7 of 77 has to say about this subject regarding “Hal”. Till then, we will see you at a later time so be efficient!
Favorite 7 of 9 Quote:
“When your captain first approached us, we suspected that an agreement with Humans would prove impossible to maintain. You are erratic, conflicted, disorganized. Every decision is debated, every action questioned, every individual entitled to their own small opinion. You lack harmony; cohesion; greatness. It will be your undoing.”
Pasted from <http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Scorpion,_Part_II>