This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
In 2018, as part of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, a crowdfunding campaign was launched to produce a limited edition of 2001 AI speakers that looked exactly like the "HAL 9000" AI computer featured in the film. But apparently, the project has fallen by the wayside.
Master Replicas Group, which had been developing the project, has stopped posting on Twitter since May, and in July, the company wrote on its Indiegogo page that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It appears that the company has already been settled, and a letter has been sent to its investors informing them of this.
The HAL 9000 replica AI speaker was originally slated to ship by March 2019. However, the project ran into difficulties, and the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) pandemic that fell this year made it even more difficult for the project to proceed.
Crowdfunding is not essentially a demand research type of pre-ordering at a discounted price. Therefore, just because someone has invested in a project does not guarantee that it will make it to production. Under the circumstances of this case, it is unlikely that the investment will be returned. However, investors should at least understand this at the time of investing and invest at their own risk.
That said, fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey would have loved to have a HAL 9000 speaker in their bedroom or living room. Let's hope that somewhere (hopefully a proper manufacturer) will do it again.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.