The Voice of World Control

July 12, 2008 at 4:26 pm (books, computers, odds) (, , , , , )

I’ve just managed to get hold of a copy of “Colossus: The Forbin Project“, a film I’ve been wanting to watch again for some time. This is probably one of the earliest examples of a film on the theme of ‘supercomputer that takes over the world’, made in the 70s.

As a thriller this is an excellent film. As far as the computing goes, its all quite believable and plausible, albeit using 70s technology as the props, however like many films from the era, one thing no one seems to have predicated is the physical scale of things. This computer is sealed in a mountain, and the implication is that it actually takes up the space of a mountain. There is talk of a remake, so it will be interesting to see what a modern take on this would look like. Curiously, the original author of the Colossus Novel, wrote two other Colossus books too.

An interesting aside is that the first computer was also called Colossus – this is the classified one that was built at Bletchley Park during World War II to break the enemy codes.


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