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My Top 10 AI's from film, TV and literature - Part 4

In the run to the finish line we have a bit of a mix again

Number 3 is Holly from Red Dwarf (1988 - 2020).

The 10th Generation AI Hologramatic Computer on the mining ship Red Dwarf. Originally with an IQ of over 6000, some of that leaked away in the million years of inactivity. Holly has a droll sense of humour, once asking for all Agatha Christie novels to be deleted from his memory so he could read them again from new. He also believes in Silicon Heaven: a place AI’s go when they are decommissioned – but only if they have been good!

Number 2 launched the career of David Hasslehoff - KITT from Knight Rider (1982 - 1986).

KITT is short for Knight Industries Two Thousand, so we are talking about an indestructible Trans AM that was self-aware and has artificial intelligence. Teamed up with Michael Knight, a rescued undercover detective, the pair favoured direct action against criminals – so the AI was happy to hurt humans! With settings such as auto cruise and super pursuit mode, don’t mention a Tesla.

Top of the list is one that everyone knows: HAL9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

HAL was built to run all the function of the Discovery and support the crew on its voyage to Jupiter in this classic movie/book. His dulcet tones, chess playing ability and omnipotence on the ship could not overcome the conflict between the true mission and the unconscious bias handed down from his creators.

So who would you add to the list? or remove?? Let me know your thoughts..

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