1366893 story Happy Birthday, HAL! 240 Posted by emmett on Wednesday January 12, 2000 @12:38AM from the daisy-daisy dept. GeekDates writes "January 12 is the birthday of HAL-9000, the computer from '2001: A Space Odyssey.' According to the book, he was activated on this day in 1997." Three years old? He must be ready for an upgrade.