The technology of Knight Rider
A hypothetical history
Part I: An advanced architecture
When Wilton Knight started to work on his FLAG project and envisioned the concept of human-vehicle pairing, computer technology was just starting to become mainstream. The FLAG project was initiated in 1980 with the first theoretical approach towards the AI, nowdays known as the Knight Automated Roving Robot, or Karr. No vehicle was selected for the project at that time and the Knight Foundation's fundings were all chanelled to estabilish the framework for FLAG and the development of the first AI at Knight industries, the industrical branch of the Knight Foundation.
The first major problem of the Karr project was to build a supercomputer that could be stored within an ordinary car. In this time, civilian computer technology topped at the RadioShack TRS-80 home computer and the Atari 2600 gaming console. Both units had the physical dimensions to be installed within a vehicle, yet none of them had the