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Arthur C. Clarke's Telescope
ArthurCClarkeTelescope
"Daisy, daisy"

Origin

Arthur C. Clarke

Type

Telescope

Effects

Looking through it unlocks intelligence

Downsides

"Daisy Bell" gets stuck in your head, user gets inflated ego

Activation

Looking through it

Collected by

Warehouse 13 Agents

Section

Sprague-72C

Aisle

2276-099

Date of Collection

05/2008

[Source]


OriginEdit

When Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008) wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey the theme of the Cold War and the dangers of technology were out in the world. Explored were the perils related to the atomic age and with that, artificial intelligence becoming self-aware along with the dangers of space exploration. Revelation came from the understanding that the AI malevolent behavior in the novel came from an improper conflict in his orders, which brings one to the understanding that nothing mankind can build is infallible.

In the film adaptation, HAL sings the song "Daisy Bell" during deactivation. This is an homage to the first time a computer at Bell Labs was able to speak the words it coded, which Clarke witnessed firsthand. All of Clarke's ideas of space travel and advanced technologies such as suspended animation were written in detail years before mankind had even set foot on the moon.

EffectsEdit

Looking through the telescope and focusing on the heavenly bodies unlocks certain understandings about the world around us. They will understand natural laws of the world intuitively and know how to rearrange them for different results. Having this knowledge unlocked also inflates the user's ego and inserts the tune of "Daisy Bell" endlessly in one's head.

TriviaEdit

This artifact is based off both Clarke's written work and the film adaptation.

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