2001  A  Space  Odyssey

Robert Berman

Host of "Strange Universe with Bob Berman," WAMC Northeast Public Radio


Amy Bartholomew

Observatory director, Smolen Observatory, SUNY New Paltz


Jeffrey Hoffman

Retired NASA astronaut

moderated by

Daniel Freedman

Dean of the School of Science and Engineering, SUNY New Paltz

2001: A Space Odyssey— Outer space and artificial intelligence

A conversation among astronomers and AI scientists. Presented as part of the 2020 National Week of Science on Screen.

Rosendale Theatre Collective Rosendale, NY

Film Synopsis

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest.

Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mission to discover the origin of a mysterious monolith discovered beneath the Lunar surface. As the team heads toward Jupiter, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time. Director Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's best-selling book is a landmark production, perhaps the most respected science-fiction film of all time. The groundbreaking special effects and trippy visuals offer a mix of imagination and science, and the film itself serves as a profound commentary on man's relation to machines, the universe, and life itself.

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