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2001:destination space

This online exhibition, an accompaniment to a traveling exhibition, examines the art, science, and technology of the real 2001 and compares it to the art, science, and technology depicted in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Although the site is slow to load, it is worth every second! The graphics, video, and information available are excellent.
Visitors will find the site easy to navigate, and each page has convenient links to the others.
The Tech Museum of Innovation created this site to enhance and broaden the scope of its traveling exhibit. The content team examines the art, science, and technology portrayed in the 1968 film 2001:A Space Odyssey and compares it with real technology available in 2001. Fiction & Fact helps users understand the intersection between science fact today and the science fiction in the film. For example, the fictional, and very large HAL is compared to computers today, which are becoming smaller because of microchip development. The creators also look at the progress toward lip-reading computers, human-hibernation technology, and credit-card technology compared with how they were pictured in the film. A large section of the site is devoted to The Art of Robert McCall, whose work appeared in the 1968 film. In a RealPlayer streaming video clip interview, the artist discusses how Stanley Kubrick merged the book by Arthur C. Clarke and his own artwork into the film. In addition, there is a Robert McCall biography link. Visionary Voices explains how the 1968 film has inspired people to pursue careers in space exploration, artificial intelligence, and other areas. Streaming video interviews with five artists and scientists are available. Of particular interest to educators, the Learning Resources include several "Space Related Design Challenges for Your Classroom" (PDF files) and a PDF teacher's manual that accompanies the exhibit.