It's been said before, but it's worth saying again: Stanley Kubrick was way ahead of his time.
Upon a recent viewing of "2001: A Space Odyssey," we couldn't help but notice how many eerie similarities there were between the film and Apple products. And we're not the only ones who noticed. The likenesses are so striking that Samsung even brought it up in its 2011 lawsuit against the company.
So, we compiled a list for your mind-blowing pleasure.
Open the pod bay doors, HAL...
Did The 'Newspad' Predict The iPad?
When the iPad was first released in 2010, <a href="http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/28/arthur-c-clarkes-2001-newspad-finally-arrives-nine-years-late/">one tech writer</a> remarked, "Arthur C. Clarke's 2001 Newspad finally arrives, nine years late." Watch this clip and tell us if you don't notice the striking similarities. Here's <a href-"http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/28/arthur-c-clarkes-2001-newspad-finally-arrives-nine-years-late/">a description of the newspad</a> from the Arthur Clarke's book: "When he tired of official reports and memoranda and minutes, he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship's information circuit and scan the latest reports from Earth. One by one he would conjure up the world's major electronic papers; he knew the codes of the more important ones by heart, and had no need to consult the list on the back of his pad. Switching to the display unit's short-term memory, he would hold the front page while he quickly searched the headlines and noted the items that interested him."
iPod Inspired By Famous Line
<a href="ttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2061143/iPod-inspired-Stanley-Kubrick-movie-2001-A-Space-Odyssey.html">Copywriter Vinnie Chieco</a> is said to have come up with the name for Apple's digital media player, inspired by the famous line "Open the pod bay door, HAL!" Eerily enough, the iPod was released in November 2001.
HAL Is Just A Meaner Version Of Siri
The iPhone 4S introduced the world to Siri, a virtual personal assistant. But we couldn't help but feel like we'd met her before, in the form of HAL 9000, the supercomputer from "2001." Of course, we don't imagine Siri trying to kill us anytime soon. We're not the only ones to notice the likeness: Apple included an Easter egg so that if you tell her to "open the pod bay door," she delivered a snarky rebuttal, shown in this photo.
The sleek, black-and-white design found in Discovery One totally reminds us of all things Apple.
<a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/04/03/on-its-third-birthday-apples-ipad-looks-back-at-years-of-comical-criticism">Apple released</a> the very first iPad on April 3rd, 2010. 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in theaters on April 6th, 1968. The two could have a joint birthday party!