PART III: 14 MONTHS LATER
SPACECRAFT DISCOVERY I: 80,000,000 MILES FROM EARTH
Poole is jogging on the circular pathway of Discovery's centrifuge.
Discovery's system computer, HAL 9000. In the lens reflection, we see Bowman entering the centrifuge hub.
Bowman exits the hub and climbs down a ladder. At the base of the ladder, he keys the centrifuge operation panel, which closes the hub door. Inside the centrifuge, Bowman makes a 180 degree walk to Poole.
Pool is seated at a table viewing his electronic newspad.
Bowman operates the artificial food unit, he takes his tray and sits down.
He also has his electronic newspad activated and begins to eat. Both men eat in a friendly and relaxed silence as they watch a televised interview of themselves.
BBC 12 TELEVISED INTERVIEW: 'THE WORLD TONIGHT'
BBC 12 ANNOUNCER: Good evening. Three weeks ago, the American spacecraft Discovery I left for a half billion mile voyage to Jupiter. This marks the first manned attempt to reach this distant planet. Earlier this afternoon, The World Tonight recorded an interview with the crew of the Discovery at a distance of 80 million miles from Earth. It took seven minutes for our words to reach the giant spacecraft, but this time delay has been edited from this recording. Our reporter, Martin Amor speaks to the crew.
AMOR: The crew of Discovery 1 consists of five men and one of the latest generation of the H.A.L. 9000 computers.
AMOR: Three of the five men were put aboard asleep, or to be more precise, in a state of hibernation. They were Dr. Charles Hunter, Dr. Jack Kimble, and Dr. Victor Kaminsky. We spoke with mission commander Dr. David Bowman and his deputy, Dr. Frank Poole. . . . . Well good afternoon, gentlemen. How's everything going?
BOWMAN: Marvelous, we have no complaints.
AMOR: Well I'm very glad to hear that, and I'm sure that the entire world would join me in wishing you a safe and successful voyage.
BOWMAN: Thanks very much.
POOLE: Thank you.
AMOR: Although hibernation has been used on previous space efforts, this is the first time that men have been put into hibernation before the departure. Why was this done?
BOWMAN: Well this was done in order to achieve the maximum conversation of our life support capability - basically food and air. Now the three hibernating crew members represent the survey team, and their efforts won't be utilized until approaching Jupiter.
AMOR: Dr. Poole, what's it like while you're in hibernation?
POOLE: Well it's exactly like being asleep, you have absolutely no sense of time. The only difference is that you don't dream.
AMOR: As I understand it, you only breath once a minute, is this true?
POOLE: Well that's right. Your heart beats three times a minute, your body temperature is usually down to about 33 degrees centigrade.
AMOR: The sixth member of the Discovery crew was not concerned about the problems of hibernation, for he was the latest result of machine intelligence. The H.A.L. 9000 computer, which can reproduce, though some experts still prefer to use the word mimic, most of the activities of the human brain and with incalculably greater speed and reliability. We next spoke with the H.A.L. 9000 computer, who we learned, one addresses as Hal. . . . Good afternoon Hal, how's everything going?
HAL: Good afternoon, Mr. Amor. Everything is going extremely well.
AMOR: Hal, you have an enormous responsibility on this mission. In many ways, perhaps the greatest responsibility of any single mission element. You are the brain and central nervous system of the ship, and your responsibilities include watching over the men in hibernation. Does this ever cause you any lack of confidence?
HAL: Let me put it this way, Mr. Amor. The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all by any practical definition of the words, fullproof and incapable of error.
AMOR: Hal, despite your enormous intellect, are you ever frustrated by your dependence on people to carry out actions?
HAL: Not in the slightest bit. I enjoy working with people. I have a stimulating relationship with Dr. Poole and Dr. Bowman. My mission responsibilites range over the entire operation of the ship, so I am constantly occupied. I am putting myself to fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
AMOR: Dr. Poole, what's it like living for the better part of a year, in such close proximity with Hal?
POOLE: Well it's pretty close to what you said about him earlier, he is just like a sixth member of the crew. We quickly get adjusted to the idea that he talks, we think of him really as just another person.
AMOR: In talking to the computer, one gets the sense that he is capable of emotional responses. For example, when I asked him about his abilities, I sensed a certain pride in his answer about his accuracy and perfection. Do you believe Hal has genuine emotions?
BOWMAN: Well he acts like he has genuine emotions. Of course he's programmed that way to make it easier for us to talk to him. But as to whether or not he has real feelings, that's something I don't think anyone can truthfully answer.