A few minutes ago I ran across something on Slashdot that talked about "Cognitive Radios". Now I am not a hamster, I realize that they're not talking about Radios with a full blown AI but rather something that can intelligently adapt it's use of radio frequencies.
The thing is however, the first thing that I pictured was a radio that had something of a HAL thing going on and could not only receive radio signals, play my favorite tunes, keep me up to date on the news, etc.. it would also be able to hold a conversation, balance my Checking Account, and of course, detect imaginary faults in the Alpha-Echo 35 unit.
That's the problem with that kind of thought train.. it derails itself so easily. First you think about how cool it would be to have your own personal HAL, then you realize that HAL had a problem and ended up killing one guy by hitting him with a space pod and three other guys buy turning off their life support. But then again, he had his reasons, poor thing was confuzzled by idiots who gave conflicting instructions.
By the way, If you don't know who HAL is, ask a science fiction fan near you.