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, a space odyssey: a novel by Arthur C. Clarke; 13 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Fiction, Twenty-first century. The BFI Film Classics is a series of books that introduces, interprets . the novel A Space Odyssey, which was published a few months after the film's pdf?docID=>, both accessed 15 June . A Space Odyssey has the distinction of being one of only a few classic books to be based on a movie, rather than the other way around. Its author, Arthur.

It attempts to identify characteristics that make humanity unique in relation to its own prehistoric ancestors by considering what developments or milestones helped make the transition from prehuman to human.

Among these milestones are 1 the use of tools, including weapons that allowed them to become predators rather than prey and 2 the development of language, which allowed the transmission of knowledge from generation to generation.

The use of weapons against other humans, scientific study, and exploration are also shown to be characteristics integral to humanity.

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The defining characteristics of humanity are also explored by contrasting humans with both aliens and machines. The alien race encountered in the novel blurs many of the boundaries we think of as being part of what it means to be human, such as organic bodies and mortality.

Once David Bowman also transcends some of these boundaries, his humanity must be questioned. Did he lose his humanity when he became immortal?

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Is Bowman just taking the next step in evolution—which seems to have been engineered by the aliens anyway—when he becomes a Star Child? The artificial intelligence Hal—the HAL —also provides a contrast by which we can consider the question of humanity's uniqueness. Hal is, in some ways, the most well-rounded character in the novel—the most human. He is extremely intelligent, and enthusiastic about his mission.

Yet he also feels guilt and shame, he makes mistakes, he lies, and he commits murder. Curiosity Although the nature of humanity is a main theme throughout the novel, specific human characteristics are prominent themes in their own right.

In particular human curiosity and the search for knowledge and understanding are shown to be important parts of the human experience. Moon -Watcher is one of the first man-apes to observe the moon, foreshadowing the intense curiosity later humans would share.

Curiosity about the magnetic anomaly on the moon leads to the discovery of TMA Indeed, got much right about the twenty-first century, including the psychological costs of our reliance on technology. Dialogue in the film is deliberately banal. HAL gets all the best lines, even as he kills off most of his human companions on board the Jupiter-bound spaceship. As our machines smarten up, we will dumb down, Kubrick suggested. How do we optimize them to deliver good outcomes?

Why did no one program that idea out of him? Now, we face similar questions about the automated editorship of our searches and news feeds, and the increasing presence of AI inside semi-autonomous weapons.

We also face the startling fact that s assumptions about the progress of AI were optimistic computing pioneer Marvin Minsky served as a consultant for A shuttle flight attendant walks in zero gravity.

Space planners of the s assumed that artificial gravity would be essential. Now the wheel has turned full circle, as we recognize the debilitating effects of long-term weightlessness on the human body.

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Aerospace engineers are starting to think about how we could make revolving habitats for future deep-space missions, or orbiting hotels for private adventurers. Although Pan Am no longer exists, the corporate conquest of the cosmos is under way, just as predicted.

It is a technical manifesto — an inspirational call to arms, around which a real commercial space industry is being founded.

Of course, also suggests some kind of non-terrestrial influence over human progress.

After unsatisfactory experiments trying to depict aliens, Kubrick chose only to hint at their presence, allowing those black slabs to stand in for — well, for what, exactly? Today, we know that planetary systems orbiting other suns are the rule rather than the exception, and that prebiotic molecules suffuse the vast, interstellar clouds of dust and gas from which new stars and planets are born.

Have any of these molecules sparked into life on other worlds, perhaps giving rise to intelligent entities?As he moved toward the star, Bowman noticed that he was not affected by what must have been an immense heat. He has a hard time fathoming how this could have happened.

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The narrator is not one of the characters of the story and has no limitations. Bowman is to go to Japetus and to try to learn about this other intelligence.

This multi-faceted approach is distinctly Modernist, taking into account many perspectives on the same event. They defer heading immediately to the briefing room in order to chat in his office.