The movies 2001 vs 2010 – A Story in Keyboards #Keyboards @KbdNews

Keyboard Builder’s Digest publishes a look at the computers used in both the iconic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and its sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

2001 came out in 1968. Stanley Kubrick (director of 2001) thought about what computers would be like in 30 years, and put that on screen (whether it would be confusing or not). And that vision did not have keyboards (as the computer, HAL9000, was a voice controlled computer). The shots above and below have no full keyboards.

The sequel, 2010, was released in 1984. 2010 was designed by the legendary futurist Syd Mead, no slouch at all, but it didn’t take the same crazy creative risks. His design language is much more influenced by the 1970’s and 1980’s, and therefore it has lots of interesting keyboards!

Compare this picture of the HAL9000 to the first one above and it has an obvious keyboard in the center. And of course there are others like the one below.

Read all about the differences in visions for Kubrick vs. Mead in the article on Keyboard Builders’ Digest.


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