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27th Dec '17 3:03:45 AM JackG
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* Series/BlakesSeven gave us Orac[[note]]a stand-alone super computer that could be carried around[[/note]], Zen [[note]]the central computer on ''The Liberator''[[/note]] and Slave[[note]]the central computer on ''Scorpio''[[/note]]. In this case they were {{Meaningful Name}}s -- Orac was (though [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness only in its introductory episode]]) an oracle, extrapolating future events from the data it collected. The alien computer Zen was presented as a keeper of mysterious knowledge. Slave had been programmed with a cringing subservient personality.

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* Series/BlakesSeven gave us Orac[[note]]a stand-alone super computer that could be carried around[[/note]], Zen [[note]]the central computer on ''The Liberator''[[/note]] and Slave[[note]]the central computer on ''Scorpio''[[/note]]. In this case they were {{Meaningful Name}}s -- Orac was (though [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness only in its introductory episode]]) an oracle, extrapolating future events from the data it collected. The alien computer Zen was presented as a keeper of mysterious keeper of knowledge. Slave had been programmed with a cringing subservient personality.
27th Dec '17 3:02:47 AM JackG
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* Series/BlakesSeven gave us Orac[[note]]a stand-alone super computer that could be carried around[[/note]], Zen [[note]]the central computer on ''The Liberator''[[/note]] and Slave[[note]]the central computer on ''Scorpio''[[/note]].

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* Series/BlakesSeven gave us Orac[[note]]a stand-alone super computer that could be carried around[[/note]], Zen [[note]]the central computer on ''The Liberator''[[/note]] and Slave[[note]]the central computer on ''Scorpio''[[/note]]. In this case they were {{Meaningful Name}}s -- Orac was (though [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness only in its introductory episode]]) an oracle, extrapolating future events from the data it collected. The alien computer Zen was presented as a keeper of mysterious knowledge. Slave had been programmed with a cringing subservient personality.
4th Nov '17 1:38:16 AM RedScharlach
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* '''Human Names''' - used both as a source of ironic humor and as a way to indicate that an AI is truely sapient. Often overlaps with the Acronym convention.

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* '''Human Names''' - used both as a source of ironic humor and as a way to indicate that an AI is truely truly sapient. Often overlaps with the Acronym convention.



* '''Names based off of the type of computer'''- essentially the modern form of the "Automatic Computer" name. For instance, Texas Tech's primary supercomputer is based on a Beowulf Cluster Stucture, and so was named Hrothgar after the king in Beowulf.

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* '''Names based off of the type of computer'''- essentially the modern form of the "Automatic Computer" name. For instance, Texas Tech's primary supercomputer is based on a Beowulf Cluster Stucture, Structure, and so was named Hrothgar after the king in Beowulf.



** Not many people remember, but his proper factory name was '''SAINT''' Number 5. SAINT standing for: Strategic Artifically Intelligent Nuclear Transport.

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** Not many people remember, but his proper factory name was '''SAINT''' Number 5. SAINT standing for: Strategic Artifically Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport.



* 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.

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* 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"."hexadecimal". 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.Aggressive Menace. Finally, it calls itself AM; I think, therefore I AM.
1st Oct '17 6:55:14 AM ApeAccount
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* Series/BlakesSeven gave us Orac[[note]]a stand-alone super computer that could be carried around[[/note]], Zen [[note]]the central computer on ''The Liberator''[[/note]] and Slave[[note]]the central computer on ''Scorpio''[[/note]].
8th Jul '17 9:21:27 PM DarkHunter
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* ''FanFic/OnTheShouldersOfGiants'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fic, almost universally employs name without meaning, ranging from fanciful to [[ShoutOut historically significant]] to indistinguishable from an organic being's given name.
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8th Jul '17 9:20:40 PM DarkHunter
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** Speaking of ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''FanFic/OnTheShouldersOfGiants'' almost universally employs name without meaning, ranging from fanciful to [[ShoutOut historically significant]] to indistinguishable from an organic being's given name.

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** Speaking of ''Franchise/MassEffect'', ''FanFic/OnTheShouldersOfGiants'' almost universally employs In ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the local AI is named SAM (Simulative Adaptive Matrix). The name without meaning, ranging from fanciful isn't unique to [[ShoutOut historically significant]] that AI: each of the five arks had a SAM on board, referred to indistinguishable from an organic being's given name.as such.
17th Jun '17 10:12:40 AM nombretomado
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* '''"Automatic Computer" names''': A theme literally as old as ENIAC and popularized by Univac. Mostly a ForgottenTrope outside of {{Retraux}} works. [[note]][[Creator/IsaacAsimov Multivac]], ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, KurtVonnegut's EPICAC[[/note]]

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* '''"Automatic Computer" names''': A theme literally as old as ENIAC and popularized by Univac. Mostly a ForgottenTrope outside of {{Retraux}} works. [[note]][[Creator/IsaacAsimov Multivac]], ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's EPICAC[[/note]]
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.
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