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Monitoring Kronos with HAL9000

April 10, 2012

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of my all time favorite films. It also has, in my opinion, the best scene transition (match cut) in the history of film. Then, of course, there’s HAL9000. HAL was the onboard computer responsible for monitoring all elements of the “Discovery” mission, including the life support systems of three astronauts in hibernation. We have monitors like that, too, but not for astronauts unless they have a Kronos system.

I was recently reminded of the film from this 1974 video from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation showing “2001” writer Arthur C. Clarke pretty much predict the Internet and PC’s:

The futuristic “monitoring” envisioned by Mr. Clarke and performed by HAL in “2001” was going along just fine until HAL announced:

“I’ve just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It’s going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.”

Human astronauts Dave and Frank then perform a service call spacewalk to replace the AE35. Upon inspection, they determine the hardware is working fine and begin to question HAL about it. HAL assures them he is infallible and the fault is obviously due to human error. When HAL later lip reads Dave and Frank discussing disconnecting him, the 9000-series goes on a paranoid, murderous rampage and then sings “Daisy” while Dave removes his mind the old fashioned way – with a screwdriver. Then Dave has a wicked psychedelic trip before turning into an old man and then an embryo.  Well, that’s the condensed version, anyway.

So, while we can’t guarantee the intelligent monitors developed for your system by our cloud services team will catch a failure of your AE35 unit, they will proactively prevent Kronos system performance issues, and we guarantee they won’t get all paranoid and freak out on your staff.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2012 12:05 pm

    Reblogged this on emmageraln and commented:
    My AE35 is ok but my dishwasher is on the fritz…


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