HAL 9000 Open Source Community Project - Announcement and Invitation

Goal:  Build a HAL 9000 Series Computer
Specification:  "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Website:  www.hal9000project.org
Instructable coming soon

I watching "2001: A Space Odyssey" the other night and I decided it would be cool to build one.  I've never managed a project this big, and don't plan to start doing it now, so hopefully people will step up and assume various roles and responsibilities.  A project like this needs a program manager, deputy program manager, project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, programmers, graphic designers, web developers,etc.  I'll assume the role of chief engineer and chief software architect.  Also needed are an admin for the sourceforge project, and a webmaster for hal9000project.org.  I don't plan on having any special rules or regulations, I'm just throwing this out there to see what comes of it.  It could end up in a hairball of chaos, or it could evolve into a smooth running machine, although I suspect nobody will join in and it'll be just me with nobody watching.

This is not a far fetched pipe dream.  The IBM Watson has already beaten the reigning champion on Jeopardy.

I'll be defining all the individual subprojects such as the speech recognition function, lip reading function, speech synthesizer (it will have the exact voice used in the movie,) facial recognition function, voice recognition function, object recognition, various other artificial intelligence functions, neural network, physical mockup, physical prototype, software simulation, etc.

There is a distinct possibility of getting government funding and along with commercial grants, therefore, some people could theoretically carve a full time job out of this.  That would work for me.

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BOT46 years ago
Well this is great and all, but you do realize i have already done this. now my Hal 9000 may not be all polished up with metal and all the original stuff, but it is fully functional and you can have a full conversation with it.
Goodhart6 years ago
There is a tremendous difference between answering questions "that need to be formed just so" and cognizant determination of what the the other "entity" being spoken to's intention, meaning, and such, and then giving an intelligent response.

True enough, we have come a LONG way since ELIZA (web based version of the old PC program)   but we are still miles off from truly intuitive conversation.

el_roboto_loco (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Actually, there's something called the Turing test, in which a computer has to interact with a human such that the human doesn't realize it's talking to a computer, (or having an online chat with a computer.) The IBM Watson is the Jeopardy all time champion, and I'm pretty sure it won the first and only Turing prize, but there's also another guy, from Harvard, who won the Turing prize, which might be the same award with IBM.

And check out my latest indestructable.

Be careful not to confuse Turing tests with awards named after Turing (awards given annually since 1966)

As far as I'm aware the only prize Watson has won was the Jeopardy $1,000,000.

el_roboto_loco (author)  lemonie6 years ago

It'd be that small word "like" in "like IBM’s ‘Watson’ computing system" I guess.
Why did you use that short URL?

Indeed, that "test" has been around for a long time (updated obviously since it's inception in 1950). :-)
lemonie6 years ago
Have you an existing design in mind as a starting point, or is the project mostly in your mind at the moment?
Also, why would (potential funding) be interested in this over any other powerful computers - what are the key advantages that would make this worthwhile?

el_roboto_loco (author)  lemonie6 years ago
Fair question. Why fund something like this? Well, what's it worth to hold the patent on the most powerful computer in the world? But, the real and tangible thing is the business you would get from the Department of Defense. Billions and billions. The way it works, for example, I'm submitting a proposal for an Air Force solicitation called "Countering Future Cyber Threats to Air Force Weapon System." Now, making the assumption that a HAL 9000 represents the software universe (it can do anything,) then if a computer system, which is a subset of the HAL 9000, meets that Air Force requirement, then you get a phase I study contract, followed by a Phase II contract to build a prototype, then a Phase III to go into production. Then, since you have a patent on the most attack proof system in the world, the Air Force is only going to buy your computers, and in fact, your system will become the new military specification for military cyber systems. Also, the rest of the Department of Defense needs your computer systems now, because they are the only ones which meets their security specifications. Then the rest of the government only wants your computer systems. Then the commercial world only wants your computer systems. And so on.

Is that clear enough? Do ya see buck being made somewhere along the way? BTW, I fully expect to win that Air Force contract. I've got a 100% lock on it because I did a proposal on the same thing 3 years ago, and I would have won then, but something came up and I missed the cutoff date. Also, I did a vulnerability study a couple years earlier, on a large Air Force system at the cape, and I found some big problems that affect all their systems. Unfortunately for them, they never saw my technical report. So they will be reading about all of their security vulnerabilities for the first time when they read my proposal, which will have a case study based on my vulnerability technical report, which I found the other day on an old flash drive. Perfectly good question though, because it gave me a chance to explain why the project is worth something. And, I just submitted a provisional patent application for "Threat Detection and Response to Insider Attack against a large-scale Military Cyber Weapons System."

Oh, and the answer to the first question is yes!

Thanks for the reply, but please respond to what I say rather than giving me what may be mistaken for a delusional-rant.

Oh, and the answer to the first question is yes!
The question requires a one or the other answer, not "yes".

To repeat the second a bit differently: what key differences will there be between this and any other existing computer, that are actually proven and realisable? Why are you the only person who can do this, and why are you telling us about it?


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