Anyway, all I'm saying is that he should be respected, even by those who can't enjoy his work.
Dartmouth College opened a workshop to research AI in 1956. Alan Turing described the "Turing Test" in 1950.
But then again, every film he made from The Killing forward is arguably his best film.
As mankind, we were once like monkeys, but we learned to use tools and make evolutionary progress. But we still have a long way to go, and have to make the next step; we have to become super-humans (the whole Übermensch thing). To the powerful entity that placed the monoliths, we probably look as primitive as monkeys. That's why the astrounaut (and the viewer) has a hard time understanding the last scenes. "Thus spoke Zarathustra" is played at the beginning and the end of the movie. The music's title directly refers to Nietzsche's book about the Übermensch. Many people think that the movie means nothing, hence the "emperor without clothes" remark. But all of what I described...
I think Kubrick is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time but that isn't saying he made the most entertaining films. The Killing and Strangelove excepted of course. But he did make some of the most thoroughly researched and impeccably produced films in the history of the medium. That's beyond argument.