Everyone's favorite homicidal computer - Arthur C. Clarke's H.A.L. 9000 from his book 2001: A Space Odyssey - turns 9 years old today. A 2003 inductee into the Robot Hall Of Fame (along with R2-D2 from Star Wars), H.A.L. murdered the crew of the spaceship Discovery in Clarke's book and Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film (where a possible flubbed line had the maniacal machine born five years earlier). H.A.L. stands for "Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer", with "Heuristic" and "Algorithmic" being two primary processes of intelligence, as the RHF website notes.

Everyone's second favorite homicidal computer - a network (much like Al Gore's Internet) called SkyNet from James Cameron's The Terminator - turns 9 on August 29.