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Is there a source for the alleged connection between the AL-1995 and the ALEX 7000 from the Bionic Woman? While there is indeed a general resemblance, that's arguably because both the Bionic Woman and Muppets Tonight are parodying HAL, not because the two are directly connected. I haven't seen the actual sketch in ages, so feel free to shoot me down if I'm missing some direct reference here, but it seems to me this kind of claim needs a source to be worthy of note. Gusworld 02:41, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

None, I suppose. At the time, it was mostly a nice way to link back to our article for The Six Million Dollar Man. But if we oppose the way the information is presented, a rewording might be in order. —Scott (talk) 06:49, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I don't see the connection either, and looking at the [Bionic Wiki page] doesn't reveal much either. If it has to be mentioned, I'd suggest taking the Marvin Suggs approach, where a section below discusses similar sketches which may or may not have influenced Marvin's Muppaphone. In this case, though, from what little I can see, it looks more like ALEX is a reference to HAL, and a continuation of the general sentient "evil computer" stock device, of which there's too many to list here. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 06:53, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I agree. ALEX is a take on HAL. It just so happens that on that list, we happen to have a fun little connection here on the wiki. —Scott (talk) 07:39, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I think the latest edit covers it nicely. I'm taking off the talkbox. -- 07:57, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

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