In March of 1997, film critic Roger Ebert interviewed author Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey." The interview was featured at "Cyberfest ‘97,” a gala celebration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In "2001: A Space Odyssey," the evil computer "HAL" is said to have been born in Urbana in 1997. The gala event marked HAL's fictitious birth, and celebrated the U of I's contributions to the revolution and evolution of computing

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