And I’ve been trying for years to stamp out the legend that the word, that the letters HAL was derived from IBM by one letter displacement. And of course HAL actually stands for Heuristic Algorithmic, H. A. L. But that’s a myth that I can’t quite stamp out. I think that IBM are quite proud of it so I’ve given up the attempt.

– Arthur C. Clarke, the IBM story is “utter nonsense.”

Sir Arthur C. Clark, Chelsea Hotel, New York, 1973. Copyright @ Peter Angelo Simon.

Sir Arthur C. Clark, Chelsea Hotel, New York, 1973. Copyright @ Peter Angelo Simon.