Just what do you think you are doing Dave?

By Brian . Created on Jun 06, 2021
Computers. They can be helpful, make out lives more productive. But in some films they can get very darn creepy at times, taking on a mind of their own. Sure, a robot can be creepy, but in this case, I'm thinking of an A.I. mind in a box who has been given some sort of power. Below are a few favorites. Take your pick or as always add your own.
Movies and TV 191 votes | 19 Comments
Proteus IV - Demon Seed

Proteus IV - Demon Seed

H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey

H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey

W.O.P.R - Wargames

W.O.P.R - Wargames

Alpha 60 - Alphaville

Alpha 60 - Alphaville

OMM 0910 - THX 1138

OMM 0910 - THX 1138

Colossus - Colossus: The Forbin Project

Colossus - Colossus: The Forbin Project

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H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Jeanette said on Jun 24, 2021
2001
Brenda said on Jun 21, 2021
Don’t like anyone of these
H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Richard said on Jun 13, 2021
all knowing -all knowledgeable - no feeling..
Brian said on Jun 13, 2021
Yep, HAL was in control of The Discovery and aware of the goings on within in terms of the crew. 2001 was based on Arthur C. Clarke's short story The Sentinel, which was not well received. HAL was not in the tale, just the concept of an alien relic found on the moon. Stanley Kubrick and Clarke would re-work the idea and add other elements for the film.
Proteus IV - Demon Seed
Geraldine said on Jun 11, 2021
Demon seed.
Brian said on Jun 11, 2021
I'm pretty sure Dean Koontz did a revised version of this at some point, updating the technology to fit current times. As far as the film, it stars Julie Christie who gets trapped in her home by Proteus. I still find this one creepy, the computer is spying on her, able to mimic people to answer the video 'doorbell', and control everything in the home. It eventually creates a sort of diamond body for itself and...
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Iarya said on Jun 10, 2021
JARVIS of course
Brian said on Jun 10, 2021
Oddly, JARVIS stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System. It was named for Edwin Jarvis, a butler who worked for Howard Stark, Tony Stark's (Iron Man) father. Not sure if is a creepy as some, but it does end up being able to control the Iron Man suits and pretty much ran much of Tony's home and later business. It was destroyed by Ultron, and Artificial Peacekeeping Program built by Tony, (which is pretty cre...
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H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
trainutt said on Jun 9, 2021
all good choices really love HAL also liked “mother” in ALIEN & the murderous FEARDOTCOM
Brian said on Jun 9, 2021
Hmm, not watched Feardotcom, one to look into, thanks! The technical name for 'Mother' is apparently MU/TH/UR 6000. I have no clue what that stands for, and if someone does, I'd be curious to know. While Mother never threated the crew of The Nostromo, it did work with the ship's science officer Ash to implement Special Order 937 and ensure the survival of the Xenomorph (Alien) specimen which of course lead to all...
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H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Alejandro said on Jun 8, 2021
All are great selections. My vote is for H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2nd choice is W.O.P.R - Wargames.
Brian said on Jun 8, 2021
Thanks, but is it just me or are all your replies a cut and paste of what someone previously said? In this case LJP right below?
W.O.P.R - Wargames
MarieN said on Jun 9, 2021
Brian, I've noticed the same thing, and have "reported" it as Plagiarism, not that it will really do any good. Other "commentators" as I'm sure you are well aware, have also been reported for "offensive/inappropriate" and NOTHING has been done about those either. :-(
H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
LJP said on Jun 8, 2021
All are great selections. My vote is for H.A.L. 9000 - 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2nd choice is W.O.P.R - Wargames. Kind of obvious these two are the favorites. I’m adding ‘The Ultimate Computer’ from Superman 3 & ‘Skynet’ from Terminator 2 & 3. Interesting poll Brian :)
Brian said on Jun 8, 2021
Not sure what more can be said about HAL, so let's look at the two you mentioned. Superman 3 was one starring Christopher Reeves with Richard Pryor as a guy who creates a supercomputer which becomes self aware. Within the Superman mythos there's a character called Brainiac who is typically an extraterrestrial android or cyborg and I suspect may have been the inspiration. The film itself is funnier than the first ...
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Brian said on Jun 8, 2021
Geez, that was a long one...can I babble or what?