When the Robot Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class in 2003, two real robots — the Mars Pathfinder Sojourner Rover and General Motors' Unimate — were honored. So were two fictional robots from the movies: R2D2 from "Star Wars" and Hal 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey."
R2D2 was the cute and efficient robot everybody loved to love. HAL was the one everyone loved to hate.
In "2001," the artificially intelligent HAL was a bit too human: He's arrogant, homicidal and tries to mutiny. The unforgettable story prompted scientists and philosophers to wonder whether technology could advance too far for humans' own good.
Stanley Kubrick's legendary film, the standard by which all subsequent science fiction movies have been based, will be screened at Cinestudio, 300 Summit St., on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford.
It will be shown in a 70mm print from Sunday to Wednesday, Dec. 3 to 6, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, $8 seniors and students, $7 Friends of Cinestudio. cinestudio.org.