So I’m sure all the nerds out there are familiar with the HAL 9000, the murderous computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, I am curious as to what would happen if Hal came monitor to monitor to the computer controlling the Planet Express Ship from Futurama.
It’s not really that obvious when you think about it. Hal is programmed to kill using any means available to him, and has pods and so on to help. However, Hell hath no fury like that of a women scorned, and when Bender dumped her Planet Express Ship went kind of berserk. Also, Planet Express Ship is armed with some kind of laser cannon and does not seem to be as constrained by the laws of physics as Hal is.
I guess I will have to give this one to PES, although now that I think about it pitting the best technology of 11 years ago against a computer from the year 3000 might be a little unfair. The PES image I grabbed from one of Dave’s many sci fi t shirts. I think he actually wears this one himself.