M | | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.
Colossus was the name of the machine designed under the guidance of Tommy Flowers at Bletchley Park from1943 to 1945 .This was used to break a German 'Lorenz' Cipher code..this valve based machine(over 2,000 of them) is often referred to as The Worlds First 'electronic' Computer..how much D.F. Jones the writer of book that inspired this film knew about it has been debated for some time.
I think your mother was right. I think Frankenstein ought to be required-reading for all scientists.
When Missile Commander explains the American and Russian disabling of nuclear warheads in the situation room, he uses a pointer to indicate areas on the map. But when he says, "...and are now working in the Ukraine, in this area," he's putting down the pointer, and has his back to the map.
Early in the picture, when they are testing Colossus to see if they are still in control after it had issued an order for communication with Guardian -- They are waiting for a 30 minute time period to pass -- the computer should not at that time repeat the order as it had been acknowledged and ordered not to do so. Before the time was up, originally the following conversation took place: Blake: Colossus can not exceed its programming. It's impossible. The computer cannot physically change its guts. Forbin: Anything the human mind can conceive of is possible, Blake. Blake: Really, Charles? OK, how about a four-sided triangle? Forbin: A triangle in three dimensions would be four-sided. Cleo: It's called a pyramid. In all copies of this film since it was first released on video, the conversation does not take place. The scene just cuts to 30 minutes later with Blake saying "We're still boss".