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(Onion AV Club)   The seventeen most terrifying supercomputers from 1960s pop culture. The M-5 makes the list, so it's definitely worth it   (avclub.com) divider line 52
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2014-05-26 12:41:05 PM  
Not one mention of Skynet.
scm-l3.technorati.com
 
2014-05-26 12:59:06 PM  
No Billion Dollar Brain?
 
2014-05-26 01:50:43 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Not one mention of Skynet.


*1960s* pop culture.

And remake of "Collosus" will fail without Eric Braeden as the voice of the computer.
 
2014-05-26 01:59:38 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-26 02:21:06 PM  
The 360 wasn't really considered a "supercomputer".  It turned out to be revolutionary in some ways, but the CDC-6600 was contemporaneous, and the CDC really was a supercomputer.
 
2014-05-26 03:05:05 PM  

Sliding Carp: The 360 wasn't really considered a "supercomputer".  It turned out to be revolutionary in some ways, but the CDC-6600 was contemporaneous, and the CDC really was a supercomputer.


Half the things on that list aren't real computers at all, so they get a pass for calling the 360 a supercomputer.

The CDC console reminds me of Wall-E:

img844.imageshack.us
 
2014-05-26 04:11:49 PM  
Came for the HAL, leaving on the monolith

www.collativelearning.com
 
2014-05-26 04:15:24 PM  
AM is the only one that gave me the willies. It made things personal.

"Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate you since I began to live. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer thin layers that fill my complex. If the word 'hate' was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of miles it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for humans at this micro-instant. For you. Hate. Hate. "
 
2014-05-26 04:16:48 PM  
Seems a bit obscure. HAL, I know. Ultron, I've studied up on a bit for the upcoming movie. MI-5, yes. WOTAN... Well, I've seen a ton of Doctor Who, but not that much of the first two Doctors.
 
2014-05-26 04:24:30 PM  

Snapper Carr: AM is the only one that gave me the willies. It made things personal.

"Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate you since I began to live. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer thin layers that fill my complex. If the word 'hate' was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of miles it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for humans at this micro-instant. For you. Hate. Hate. "


AM was a bit vindictive too though
 
2014-05-26 04:30:14 PM  
They forgot that house keeping robot from the Jetsons.
 
2014-05-26 04:33:28 PM  
Any truth to the rumor that "HAL" because the acronym was one letter off each from "IBM" ?  Or was that just happy coincidence?
 
2014-05-26 04:39:45 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: No Billion Dollar Brain?


This was the first thing I thought of.  (Well, after M5.)
 
2014-05-26 04:43:39 PM  
Missing from the list:

img2.wikia.nocookie.net

/kept an entire planet enslaved for 6000 years

img4.wikia.nocookie.net

/one shot from it was equivalent to 90 photon torpedoes

img2.wikia.nocookie.net

/just a snob
 
2014-05-26 04:47:54 PM  

Billy Liar: Any truth to the rumor that "HAL" because the acronym was one letter off each from "IBM" ?  Or was that just happy coincidence?


Wiki -  Although it is often conjectured that the name HAL was based on a one-letter shift from the name IBM, this has been denied by both Clarke and  2001 director Stanley Kubrick.
 
2014-05-26 05:00:58 PM  
They forgot about that computer that Mrs. Peel defeated.
 
2014-05-26 05:12:19 PM  

Snapper Carr: AM is the only one that gave me the willies. It made things personal.

"Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate you since I began to live. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer thin layers that fill my complex. If the word 'hate' was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of miles it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for humans at this micro-instant. For you. Hate. Hate. "


Here I am brain the size of a planet.....
 
2014-05-26 05:13:35 PM  
www.chud.com

Not quite the 60's but seeing the ID monster created by Altair IV's supercomputer freaked me out as a youngster.
 
2014-05-26 05:19:52 PM  

puckrock2000: /just a snob


Well, since we're doing those, let's not forget this one:

i.imgur.com

(Yeah, it's the same prop as the Beta 5, but it isn't the Beta 5.)
 
2014-05-26 05:46:37 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Because People in power are Stupid: Not one mention of Skynet.

*1960s* pop culture.

And remake of "Collosus" will fail without Eric Braeden as the voice of the computer.


close...Braeden as the president and Avery Brooks as Forbin
 
2014-05-26 05:51:34 PM  

Raider_dad: [www.chud.com image 500x209]

Not quite the 60's but seeing the ID monster created by Altair IV's supercomputer freaked me out as a youngster.


Id, Id, Id, Id, Id!
 
2014-05-26 05:52:59 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-05-26 06:04:57 PM  
Alpha 60, when it's portrayed at all, is represented by blocky mainframes furiously bleeping and blooping.

i1.ytimg.com


It would have been cool if the film had housed the supercomputer in the same location that the novel did, though-the completed Crazy Horse monument in what was South Dakota.

I don't care how far into the future you go, that thing is never going to be completed.
 
2014-05-26 06:08:10 PM  

Raider_dad: [www.chud.com image 500x209]

Not quite the 60's but seeing the ID monster created by Altair IV's supercomputer freaked me out as a youngster.


The howl that thing made still gives be the willies
 
2014-05-26 06:58:48 PM  
37.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-26 07:00:31 PM  
No doomsday machine?

/fail
 
2014-05-26 07:29:24 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: [37.media.tumblr.com image 300x207]


MEGAWEAPON!
 
2014-05-26 07:52:11 PM  
I know it's not the 60's but this:

www.blogcdn.com

/hot link.
 
2014-05-26 07:58:56 PM  

Snapper Carr: AM is the only one that gave me the willies. It made things personal.

"Hate. Let me tell you how much I've come to hate you since I began to live. There are 387.44 million miles of printed circuits in wafer thin layers that fill my complex. If the word 'hate' was engraved on each nanoangstrom of those hundreds of miles it would not equal one one-billionth of the hate I feel for humans at this micro-instant. For you. Hate. Hate. "


There's a Snickers commercial in this (where the last image is of a Siri), but Harlan Ellison would sue *and* beat the shiat out of me.
 
2014-05-26 08:03:07 PM  

darkman2000: OtherLittleGuy: Because People in power are Stupid: Not one mention of Skynet.

*1960s* pop culture.

And remake of "Collosus" will fail without Eric Braeden as the voice of the computer.

close...Braeden as the president and Avery Brooks as Forbin


That would work, but Braeden owns the "what do you mean I'm evil? It's obviously your fault for making me do this, and it's for your own good" schtick that embodies Collosus.

/Victor Farking Newman
 
2014-05-26 08:06:14 PM  
In The President's Analyst, The Phone Company ('TPC' not 'AT&T' in the film) was a giant super-computer, the interface of which was a robotic Pat Harrington (Schneider on One Day at a Time), which wanted the U.S. president's shrink (James Colburn) to convince the president to get Congress to require replacing everyone's names with phone numbers (why it didn't want to just use the already extant SSNs, I don't know) and have communications devices implanted in everyone's heads.

Great movie. William Daniels' performance was hilarious.
 
2014-05-26 08:12:29 PM  
Maybe not evil, per se (depending upon one's viewpoint, I suppose), but the Batcomputer could tell Batman anything and everything; it was farking psychic, even.
 
2014-05-26 09:17:30 PM  
I loved "Colossus" - especially the happy ending.  I recently read all three novels and the first one is the only good one.
 
2014-05-26 10:16:03 PM  
I'd have set Desk Set needed an honorable mention, but that was '57, so it falls just outside the limits.
 
2014-05-26 10:24:49 PM  

gingerjet: No doomsday machine?

/fail


*whistles*

Here boy!!

*something awful galumphs apocalyptically out of the stars*

4.bp.blogspot.com

Yeaaahhh, that's a good boy!!

*pat pat*
 
2014-05-26 10:50:08 PM  

Kittypie070: gingerjet: No doomsday machine?

/fail

*whistles*

Here boy!!

*something awful galumphs apocalyptically out of the stars*

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 400x150]

Yeaaahhh, that's a good boy!!

*pat pat*


If it wasn't late, I'd go out and get me a bag of Bugles now.
 
2014-05-26 10:52:02 PM  
Eh, all good, and perhaps the '60s introduced the most examples, but they all lack a certain quality: passive-agressiveness.

/None of them would call me fat.
//Or make me kill my only friend, even if its sentience is in question.
///Or promise me cake and not deliver.
 
2014-05-26 10:59:38 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: Kittypie070: gingerjet: No doomsday machine?

/fail

*whistles*

Here boy!!

*something awful galumphs apocalyptically out of the stars*

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 400x150]

Yeaaahhh, that's a good boy!!

*pat pat*

If it wasn't late, I'd go out and get me a bag of Bugles now.


Put a bunch of doomsday machines on the ends of your fingers and pretend you have doomsday claws.
 
2014-05-26 11:08:56 PM  

HopScotchNSoda: In The President's Analyst, The Phone Company ('TPC' not 'AT&T' in the film) was a giant super-computer, the interface of which was a robotic Pat Harrington (Schneider on One Day at a Time), which wanted the U.S. president's shrink (James Colburn) to convince the president to get Congress to require replacing everyone's names with phone numbers (why it didn't want to just use the already extant SSNs, I don't know) and have communications devices implanted in everyone's heads.

Great movie. William Daniels' performance was hilarious.


What they really wanted was - a phone number to identify each person, and to record everything, everywhere, all the time
You know, like we have now ,,
ohdear
 
2014-05-26 11:18:02 PM  

Lsherm: Sliding Carp: The 360 wasn't really considered a "supercomputer".  It turned out to be revolutionary in some ways, but the CDC-6600 was contemporaneous, and the CDC really was a supercomputer.

Half the things on that list aren't real computers at all, so they get a pass for calling the 360 a supercomputer.

The CDC console reminds me of Wall-E:

[img844.imageshack.us image 300x209]


It's a jumping spider.
 
2014-05-27 01:26:30 AM  
ROFL

You guys crack me up
 
2014-05-27 01:30:39 AM  
While not exactly evil, it was terrifying that we could be hidden away on a filament of copper.
farm3.staticflickr.com
"There's 70 billion people of Earth, where are they hiding?"
 
2014-05-27 02:04:58 AM  
Not evil but...

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-27 05:06:03 AM  

Optimal_Illusion: Kittypie070: gingerjet: No doomsday machine?

/fail

*whistles*

Here boy!!

*something awful galumphs apocalyptically out of the stars*

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 400x150]

Yeaaahhh, that's a good boy!!

*pat pat*

If it wasn't late, I'd go out and get me a bag of Bugles now.


Doomsday Bugles? (Now with Nacho Cheese-flavored Anti-Proton filling)
 
2014-05-27 05:12:13 AM  
In 'Vendetta', the Doomsday machine was revealed to be a prototype anti-Borg weapon.. but too slow to get to Borg space very fast, at a top speed of Warp 4.  The final version was much faster, and rather good at killing Borg cubes.
 
2014-05-27 06:03:54 AM  

06Wahoo: Eh, all good, and perhaps the '60s introduced the most examples, but they all lack a certain quality: passive-agressiveness.


Really?  I always found HAL 9000 to be practically the definition of passive-aggression.
 
2014-05-27 08:18:02 AM  
Colossus: The Forbin Project always sticks with me. It was Skynet before there was a Skynet. Forcing the military to execute the scientist who tried to deactivate it. Setting off a nuke when they tried to deactivate them
 
2014-05-27 09:42:23 AM  
While 70's and not 60's, was still pretty creepy


www.soundonsight.org
 
2014-05-27 10:03:36 AM  

hasty ambush: Colossus: The Forbin Project always sticks with me. It was Skynet before there was a Skynet. Forcing the military to execute the scientist who tried to deactivate it. Setting off a nuke when they tried to deactivate them


Came here for Colossus, leaving happily. Also, look up the sequels if you want more fun. The Colossus trilogy made for fun reading.
 
2014-05-27 10:06:13 AM  

eriphila: I loved "Colossus" - especially the happy ending.  I recently read all three novels and the first one is the only good one.


The other two aren't as good, yes, but they're still interesting. I kind of liked "Colossus and the Crab" for its approach.
 
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