October BEST Cinematics Night

October 2017 | BEST Cinematics Night

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)



Date: October 20, 5-9pm

Room: Z808

Organisers: Naomi Moy and Benno Torgler




This October we will keep our focus and discussion on AI. Thus, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is a natural choice. The 2015 Science article “Which movies get artificial intelligence right?” ranked the movie with the highest realism score and the American Film Institute classified the movie as the No. 1 Sci-Fi film of all time. Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers of AI (see the two books in this month’s reading group) was an advisor for the movie.


An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behaviour, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.