HAL 9000 and Alexa team up to con­trol your home

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MRG PRO­DUCES SMART HOME REPLICA.

2001:AS­pace Odyssey is a clas­sic sci-fi movie fea­tur­ing the iconic sen­tient ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence HAL 9000, the ship’s com­puter. While, in the film [Spoil­eralert!­— Ed], the mal­func­tion­ing HAL turns to mur­der in or­der to save the ship and its mis­sion, we’re hop­ing this replica doesn’t get any sim­i­lar ideas. Mas­ter Repli­cas Group isn’t just mak­ing some­thing that looks pretty for diehard fans, af­ter all. This HAL is sup­pos­edly be­ing cre­ated to have full voice recog­ni­tion soft­ware — al­low­ing you to ask the time, weather, per­form ba­sic smart home tasks and so on — with Ama­zon’s Alexa the brains be­hind the omi­nous red dot. While MRG hasn’t yet re­leased any specs or prices, we’re ex­pect­ing it to cost a small for­tune.

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