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2001: A Space Odyssey Part 4, Chapter 23

By Arthur C. Clarke

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Part 4, Chapter 23

Diagnosis

  • Diagnostics suggest there's nothing wrong with that old darn AE-35 unit.
  • Instead, it seems like Hal may be malfunctioning.
  • Since Hal controls the whole ship and is basically sentient, this is very bad news.
  • They're embarrassed for Hal, who they treat as a colleague and a fellow human type person.
  • Robots are people too.

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