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Computer World and Slashdot pseudo-fame

The project that I am ~1/300th of made it to the front page of Slashdot. My personal experience with Slashdot is that I generally cringe when I see anything on the front page I am closely familiar with. I cringe with newspapers as well, but its a different sort of cringe. Both have gross generalizations, but Slashdot usually adds in an element of techno-hysteria.

I can't entirely blame Slashdot for the cringe this time around, but they did manage to select this single paragraph in ComputerWorld's five-page article to quote:

"Later in the program, Holland says, PAL will be able to 'automatically watch a conversation between two people and, using natural-language processing, figure out what are the tasks they agreed upon.' At that point, perhaps DARPA's PAL could be renamed HAL, for Hearing Assistant That Learns. The original HAL, in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, tells the astronauts how it knows they're plotting to disconnect it: 'Dave, although you took thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.'"

A HAL joke? Forty years of evil AI and we're still going back to 2001: Space Odyssey jokes?

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