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KITT was programmed in BASIC

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I was watching a Knight Rider episode ("Knight of the Drones", to be precise), and as the following screen grabs will demonstrate, it provides proof that KITT is programmed in BASIC:
[KITT, give me a readout!]
"KITT, give me a readout"
[Sure, Michael *basic code*]

It prints out the sin, cos and tan of 30 random number between 0 and 9, then what looks like entries from Paramount picture's phone book (Mimi Soudan and C Gibson who were listed I found mentioned on this page. Other distinctive names from the list: John Sitcom (inventer of the sitcom??), Deke Miller, David Cazarus, Bill Busak, Chris Alsip, Dave Devlin.

Then after that there's what looks like the start of a news story: "What the heck? The jury decision to deny Mayor Smith his choice of-". The Mayor of LA (where the episode was filmed) in the 80s was Thomas Bradley, so what this was in reference to is a mystery...

Posted January 28, 2007 5:38 PM


So I guess they used "Speed = 240" for the booster mode?

Posted by: Thad Ritchards | January 28, 2007 9:38 PM

You can't use KITT to download porn, though, because Asimov's little known Fourth Law of Robotics prevents it. "No robot may look at porn, nor allow a human to do so, unless said request to do so by said human contradicts the Treaty Of St Germain." To be fair, the law was created by Eric Saward from an idea by Isaac Asimov. Saward packed a sulk and quit before the law was posted, so Azzie-baby got the sole credit.

Posted by: Bash Hardcastle | February 12, 2007 8:47 PM

WHAT THE HECK... rotfl

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2012 2:59 PM

Hi, I transcribed and even run the Applesoft BASIC code, check it out on


Posted by: ao2 | August 26, 2014 4:08 AM

That's very cool! Thanks, Antonio!

Posted by: Alden | August 26, 2014 8:31 AM

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