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The Hal Institute for Criminally Insane Robots (HICIR) was an asylum for robots deemed unfit to deal with the general society. Bender and Fry were admitted there after they were wrongly found guilty of robbing a bank.


Upon entering the facility, patients are sent down a long, winding conveyor belt and subjected to a physical exam. This exam includes:

  • Being picked up by a magnet to the main exam area
  • An examination of head cavity via a hole drilled into the patient's head
  • A gamma ray scan.

Finally patients are diagnosed and evaluated by Dr. Perceptron (Doctor of Freudian Circuit Analysis), and then placed into robot-sized cells in pairs.


The HAL institute uses various techniques to treat its patients which range from daily medication disks, to individual and/or group sessions with a doctor, where they are hit in the head with mallets. Dr. Perceptron also uses electro-shock treatments and places patients in situations designed to help them "relax" and in extreme cases, patients may undergo a robotomy.

Unfortunaly, because the Institute was designed to treat robots' mental disorders, their "treatments" towards humans would have the adverse effect, such as Fry, leading him to believe that he was too a robot.



Known Patients


  • The HAL Institute for Criminally Insane Robots is a reference to HAL 9000, the murderous artificial intelligence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. [1]
  • As a joke, some birds are flying in a circle over a head.