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The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere

The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere December 8, 2018

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), a masterpiece by the famous American film director Stanley Kubrick, started debate on a series of subjects from space technologies to artificial intelligence, which are valid even today.

 

This ground-breaking film in the genre of science fiction as well as the book bearing the same name and written by Arthur C. Clarke as co-author of the film’s scenario, not only heralded a future to come. Shot during the 1960s, when the space race between the United States of America (USA) and United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) reached an apex, the film depicted the space as an area of competition. A reflection of this was a scene at the end of the first of four episodes, where a bone used as a weapon transformed into a military spaceship.   This transformation was one of the most significant messages conveyed by the film: Mankind uses science and technology to attain supremacy regardless of the nature of its enemy; be it a tribe or a country. As for spaceships, they are the new weapons at the service of this primitive urge.

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