Is there a connection between 2001's HAL and a very famous film director?

HAL 9000 is highly intelligent, incapable of making a mistake, 
insists on total control (of the Discovery), a peerless chess-player, 
utterly methodical yet capable of paying attention to every detail, sees 
the world through a lens, and is rather contemptuous of humanity . . . 
Does this sound like a portrait of any film-maker you might be able to 
think of, and for whose work we have a high regard? :-)


Why'dja think he was the only sympathetic character in the film? :)


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