Whatever You Say

“Open the pod bay doors, please,” astronaut Dave implores Hal 9000. We command, the machines execute. If they fail, they do so politely: “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” W. Wayt GibbsWhatever You Say (Scientific American)

Yeah, after they have killed our astronaut partner, but that’s not the point the author’s trying to make.