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12th Apr '17 8:47:28 AM Mooncalf
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* The Swedish comic ''James Hund'' had the sentient computer Kurt during one story. When a reporter asked its maker what the name stood for, the scientist replied that it didn't stand for anything; he'd just named it Kurt. After his pet budgie.
30th Jan '17 12:59:04 PM igordebraga
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* ''Film/IronMan'' has several robots with names from Dummy and Butterfingers to JARVIS.
* WOPR is the name of the military supercomputer in ''Film/WarGames'', standing for War Operation Plan Response. It was intended by the writers to be a more amusing name than that of NORAD's real-life SIOP (Single Integrated Operation Plan), although SIOP was a series of documents rather than a computer.

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* ''Film/IronMan'' has several In the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', Film/IronMan names his A.I.s (first JARVIS and then FRIDAY, both of whom are FunWithAcronyms examples), his lab robots with (Dummy and Butterfingers), and at times even gives nicknames to his armors, who also have technical "Mark-*" names from Dummy and Butterfingers to JARVIS.
(in ''Film/IronMan3'', for instance, [[http://marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com/wiki/Iron_Man_Armor:_Mark_XXXVIII the heavy lifting Mark XXXVIII]] is "Igor"; in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', the Hulkbuster - or more specifically, its delivery satellite - is "Veronica").
* WOPR is the name of the military supercomputer in ''Film/WarGames'', standing for War Operation Plan Response. It was intended by the writers to be a more amusing name (reminiscent of "Whopper") than that of NORAD's real-life SIOP (Single Integrated Operation Plan), although SIOP was a series of documents rather than a computer.
18th Jan '17 7:46:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* The real-life [[CthulhuMythos Shub-Internet]] was named after a joke in the JargonFile and operated as a server in the Pentagon for a number of years. Obviously a very silly name without meaning, relating to the Internet's origins as a US Defense Department project.

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* The real-life [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Shub-Internet]] was named after a joke in the JargonFile and operated as a server in the Pentagon for a number of years. Obviously a very silly name without meaning, relating to the Internet's origins as a US Defense Department project.



* {{Reddit}} allows users to name its servers if the user purchased Reddit Gold on a day Reddit hit its Reddit Gold goal. The names tend to reference pop-culture, recent news, memes, or puns.

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* {{Reddit}} Website/{{Reddit}} allows users to name its servers if the user purchased Reddit Gold on a day Reddit hit its Reddit Gold goal. The names tend to reference pop-culture, recent news, memes, or puns.
10th Nov '16 12:07:17 PM toolenduso
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* Played with in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Throughout the run of Strong Bad Emails, Strong Bad goes through a series of computers whose official names are deliberately uncreative [[ShapedLikeItself descriptions of themselves]] like "Compy" the desktop computer and "Lappy" the laptop.
27th Oct '16 2:19:31 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': The AI you interacts with is called "Tom", which stands for "Technical Operations Machine". At one point Tom claims it has a twin AI called "Michael" the ISA uses for testing.

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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': The AI you interacts with is called "Tom", "TOM", which stands for "Technical Operations Machine". At one point Tom TOM claims it has a twin AI called "Michael" the ISA uses for testing.
5th Oct '16 2:15:45 AM Elfkaiser
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* From ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}''

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* From ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}''''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'':
5th Oct '16 2:01:36 AM Elfkaiser
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* From ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}''
** ISIC's name is derived from him originally being an [=I/O=] system integration and coordination subroutine within Minion Robotics.
** The supreme AI that once kept all the Magnuses as well as much of the LLC's systems in top working condition is named after the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_Carta Magna Carta]].
** MINREC's name comes from being a '''MIN'''eral '''REC'''lamation Magnus in charge of recycling facilities.
23rd Sep '16 4:11:41 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTuringTest'': The AI you interacts with is called "Tom", which stands for "Technical Operations Machine". At one point Tom claims it has a twin AI called "Michael" the ISA uses for testing.
15th Sep '16 4:57:14 AM Korodzik
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* ''First Universal Cybernetic-Kinetic Ultramicro-Programmer'' or [[FunWithAcronyms FUCKUP]] in {{Literature/Illuminatus}}.
* Hex, the ClockPunk MagiTek computer of Unseen University in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. In RealLife, it's a play on "hex", meaning spell, and "hexidecimal". InUniverse, it seems to have that name because that's the sort of name a computer should have, and much of Hex's construction was based on this principle, even if the wizards didn't know ''why'', or even what a computer ''was''.
* While ''Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' only has one computer, he's given several names; first Allied Mastercomputer, then Adaptive Manipulator, then Aggresive Menance. Finally, it calls itself AM; I think, therefore I AM.
* Creator/RALafferty has the recurring character of Epiktistes the Ktistec Machine.



* ''First Universal Cybernetic-Kinetic Ultramicro-Programmer'' or [[FunWithAcronyms FUCKUP]] in {{Literature/Illuminatus}}.
* Hex, the ClockPunk MagiTek computer of Unseen University in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. In RealLife, it's a play on "hex", meaning spell, and "hexidecimal". InUniverse, it seems to have that name because that's the sort of name a computer should have, and much of Hex's construction was based on this principle, even if the wizards didn't know ''why'', or even what a computer ''was''.
* While ''Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' only has one computer, he's given several names; first Allied Mastercomputer, then Adaptive Manipulator, then Aggresive Menance. Finally, it calls itself AM; I think, therefore I AM.
* RA Lafferty has the recurring character of Epiktistes the Ktistec Machine.



* Albums by the band Big Black credited their TR-606 drum machine as a member of the band named "Roland." Later when the bass player quit to enter law school the band's press release stated the band was breaking up because Roland quit due to "creative differences."

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* Albums by the band Big Black Music/BigBlack credited their TR-606 drum machine as a member of the band named "Roland." Later when the bass player quit to enter law school the band's press release stated the band was breaking up because Roland quit due to "creative differences."



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21st Aug '16 4:50:56 AM Morgenthaler
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->"It's called the '''[[AC:Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator]]'''. Or, for short - the ''[[NoPronunciationGuide "flihsivdefuhr"]]''.

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