Hal

1981 JO. Discovered 1981 May 3 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of the computer Hal 9000 that is the central character of both Clarke's {see planet (4923)} novel and Kubrick's {see planet (10221)} movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hal serves to this day, more than three decades later, as an icon for artificial intelligence and a beacon that has motivated an incalculable number of careers in computing, computer science, electrical engineering and space exploration. (M 34628)

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