"Steve Jobs is fighting IBM at the beginning and he said, 'Do you know where the word HAL, the great computer in 2001, comes from...?' and it comes from IBM... HAL, they are the (three) letters before IBM... I was like, 'Why did I not know that?'" Filmmaker Danny Boyle learned something interesting, linked to Arthur C. Clarke's sci-fi novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, while researching his Steve Jobs biopic.