Talking to Master Replicas’ Hal 9000 smart speaker sent chills down my spine

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Even with the background hum of New York Comic Con all around us, the iconic voice of Hal 9000 — the sentient computer from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey — made me intensely nervous as its red eye stares back from Master Replicas’ booth on the convention floor.

Steve Dymszo, CEO for the prop-making company, leans in to speak over the noise of the crowd. “What’s the problem?”

“I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do,” Hal responds. Dymszo gestures to the device. “You can go on and on with the rest of the sequence.”

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Announced earlier this year in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the iconic film’s…

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