This Conversation Between HAL 9000 and Samantha from Her Is a Little Creepy

By Casey Chan on at

Here’s an excellent re-imagination of two of the most famous depictions of artificial intelligence in film, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Samantha from Her. Tillmann Ohm stitched together the actual dialogue from the films to construct a new conversation between the two. It flows rather well.

Of course, HAL is still a pushy little prick, and Sam is still an eager do-gooder always trying to fix things. But it’s just a little bit unsettling to hear AI operating systems communicate with each other through those own unique personalities, while also experiencing the emotions we do in a relationship.

Ohm writes:

Composed of original lines from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Her (2013), the mashup creates a new context to the words of the electronic protagonists. The two operating systems are in conflict; while Samantha is convinced that the overwhelming and sometimes hurtful process of her learning algorithm improves the complexity of her emotions, HAL is consequentially interpreting them as errors in human programming and analyses the estimated malfunction.

Their conversation is an emotional roller coaster which reflects upon the relation between machines and emotion processing and addresses the enigmatic question of the authenticity of feelings.