Deep Thought - Black metal trapezoid with
blinking lights seen on the British sci-fi series
THE HITCH HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY/BBC/1981. Deep Thought (built by a race of advanced beings) was once given the
assignment "O great computer, the task we have designed you to perform is
this: We want you to tell us the Answer." "The answer to what?", queried
Deep Thought. "Life...the universe...everything."
After some seven and half million years of calculating,
Deep Thought responded, "You're really not going to like it." "Tell us!,"
they cried. Deep Thought then reported "The answer to the Great
Question...Life, the Universe, and Everything...is...is...is...forty-two!"
Finding the "Answer" to life, Deep Thought then had to build an even larger
more sophisticated computer to find out the "Question" to life. This super
computer (the greatest ever built) was known as the planet Earth, which was
blown out of existence by a nasty bunch of aliens called Vogons to make room
for a intergalactic highway ("hyperspatial express route") in the
beginning of the series. Earth was destroyed a mere five minutes before Deep
Thought was to finish its ten million year calculation that would discover
the "Question" to life.
Deep Thought is based on characters created by Douglas Adams in his book
"The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy." See also -
"Eddie the Computer"
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