Hollywood's scariest supercomputer joins the Amazon Alexa family

Adam Rosenberg

"I'm sorry, Alexa. I'm afraid I can't do that."

No one seems particularly freaked out at the idea of computers in our homes that listen to us, respond to questions, even take direct control of various living conditions. Maybe this HAL-9000 replica will change that.

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The malevolent supercomputer from Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey recently landed a new gig: Amazon Echo device. The smart home interface from Master Replicas actually works, as you can see in the above video.

Master Replicas scored the license from Warner Bros. to manufacture HAL-9000 lookalikes. While it can apparently talk like its big screen counterpart and respond to lines from the movie, it also possesses the power of Amazon's voice-powered AI assistant, Alexa.

According to The Verge, the Echo-like functionality will let you grant your very own HAL-9000 total control of your home (probably unwise). A Fire HD tablet serves as its base, though — as you can see in the video — there are some added features, compliments of Master Replicas.

It's not clear how much this high-tech nostalgia play will cost, but pre-orders will go live sometime in the spring, with shipping to begin shortly thereafter. 

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