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Space station gets HAL-like computer

A voice-operated computer assistant is set to be used in space for the first time on Monday – its operators hope it proves more reliable than “HAL”, the treacherous speaking computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Called Clarissa, the program will initially talk astronauts on the International Space Station through tests of onboard water supplies. But its developers hope it will eventually be used for all computer-related work on the station.

Read the complete story. (New Scientist)