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List of fictional computers

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Computers have often been used as fictional objects in literature, movies and in other forms of media Fictional computers tend to be considerably more sophisticated than anything yet devised in the real world

This is a list of computers that have appeared in notable works of fiction The work may be about the computer, or the computer may be an important element of the story Only static computers are included Robots and other fictional computers that are described as existing in a mobile or humanlike form are discussed in a separate list of fictional robots and androids

Contents

  • 1 Literature
    • 11 Before 1950
    • 12 1950s
    • 13 1960s
    • 14 1970s
    • 15 1980s
    • 16 1990s
    • 17 2000s
    • 18 2010s
    • 19 Un-sorted
  • 2 Film
    • 21 1950s
    • 22 1960s
    • 23 1970s
    • 24 1980s
    • 25 1990s
    • 26 2000s
    • 27 2010s
  • 3 Radio
    • 31 1970s
    • 32 1980s
    • 33 2000s
  • 4 Television
    • 41 1960s
    • 42 1970s
    • 43 1980s
    • 44 1990s
    • 45 2000s
    • 46 2010s
  • 5 Comics/graphic novels
    • 51 Before 1980
    • 52 1980s
    • 53 1990s
    • 54 2000s
  • 6 Computer and video games
    • 61 1980s
    • 62 1990s
    • 63 2000s
    • 64 2010s
  • 7 Board games and role-playing games
  • 8 Unsorted works
  • 9 Computers as robots
  • 10 See also
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Literature

Before 1950

  • The Engine, a kind of mechanical information generator featured in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels This is considered to be the first description of a fictional device that in any way resembles a computer 1726
  • "The Machine Stops" by E M Forster, a short story about the role of technology in our lives 1909
  • The ship's navigation computer in "Misfit", a short story by Robert A Heinlein 1939
  • The Games Machine, a vastly powerful computer that plays a major role in A E van Vogt's The World of Null-A serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in 1945
  • The Brain, a supercomputer with a childish, human-like personality appearing in the short story "Escape!" by Isaac Asimov 1945
  • Joe, a "logic" that is to say, a personal computer in Murray Leinster's short story "A Logic Named Joe" 1946

1950s

  • The Machines, positronic supercomputers that manage the world in Isaac Asimov's short story "The Evitable Conflict" 1950
  • MARAX MAchina RAtiocinatriX, the spaceship Kosmokrator's AI in Stanisław Lem's novel The Astronauts 1951
  • EPICAC, in Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano and other of his writings, EPICAC coordinates the United States economy Named similar to ENIAC, it's actually named after an over-the-counter poison-antidote syrup which induces vomiting 1952
  • Vast anonymous computing machinery possessed by the Overlords, an alien race who administer Earth while the human population merges with the Overmind Described in Arthur C Clarke's novel Childhood's End 1953
  • The Prime Radiant, Hari Seldon's desktop on Trantor in Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov 1953
  • Mark V, a computer used by monks at a Tibetan lamasery to encode all the possible names of God which resulted in the end of the universe in Arthur C Clarke's short story "The Nine Billion Names of God" 1953
  • Karl, a computer named for Carl von Clausewitz built for analysis of military problems, in Arthur C Clarke's short story "The Pacifist" 1956
  • Mima, a thinking machine carrying the memories of all humanity, first appeared in Harry Martinson's "Sången om Doris och Mima" 1953, later expanded into Aniara 1956
  • Gold, a "supercalculator" formed by the networking of all the computing machines on 96 billion planets, which answers the question "Is there a God" with "Yes, now there is a God" in Fredric Brown's single-page story "Answer" 1954
  • Bossy, the "cybernetic brain" in the Hugo award-winning novel They'd Rather Be Right aka The Forever Machine by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley 1954
  • The City Fathers, emotionless computer bank educating and running the City of New York in James Blish's Cities in Flight series Their highest ethic was survival of the city and they could overrule humans in exceptional circumstances 1955, sequels through 1962
  • Multivac, a series of supercomputers featured in a number of stories by Isaac Asimov 1955–1983
  • The Central Computer of the city of Diaspar in Arthur C Clarke's The City and the Stars 1956
  • Miniac, the "small" computer in the book Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine, written by Raymond Abrashkin and Jay Williams 1958
  • Third Fleet-Army Force Brain, a "mythical" thinking computer in the short story "Graveyard of Dreams", written by H Beam Piper evolved into the computer "Merlin" in later versions of the story 1958
  • Cosmic AC, the ultimate computer at the end of time in Isaac Asimov's short story The Last Question The name is derived from "Automatic Computer"; see also AC's ancestor, Multivac, and the contemporary UNIVAC 1959

1960s

  • Vulcan 2 and Vulcan 3, sentient supercomputers in Philip K Dick's novel Vulcan's Hammer 1960
  • Great Coordinator or Robot-Regent, a partially to fully sentient extraterrestrial supercomputer, built to control and drive the scientifically and technologically advanced Great Arconide Empire as the Arconides have become decadent and unable to govern themselves From the science fiction series Perry Rhodan 1961
  • Merlin, from the H Beam Piper novel The Cosmic Computer originally Junkyard Planet 1963
  • Simulacron-3, the third generation of a virtual reality system originally depicted in the science fiction novel Simulacron-3 aka "Counterfeit World" by Daniel F Galouye 1964 and later in film adaptations World on a Wire 1973 and The Thirteenth Floor 1999
  • GENiE GEneralized Nonlinear Extrapolator, from the Keith Laumer novel The Great Time Machine Hoax 1964
  • Muddlehead, the sapient computer that runs the trade ship Muddlin' Through in Poul Anderson's stories "The Trouble Twisters" 1965, "Satan's World" 1969, "Day of Burning" 1967, "Lodestar" 1973, and "Mirkhiem" 1977
  • Colossus and Guardian: Colossus is a cybernetic computer built to control the nuclear capability of the United States of North America, by Dr Charles Forbin and his team Colossus initiates communication with an equivalent computer in the Soviet Union, called Guardian, and the two computers eventually merge to take control of the human race Colossus and Guardian appeared in the novel Colossus, by Dennis Feltham Jones 1966 and the subsequent film, Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970 Colossus also appears in two subsequent novels by Jones, The Fall of Colossus 1974, where the supercomputer is finally defeated by vengeful humans, and Colossus and the Crab 1977
  • Frost, the protagonist computer in Roger Zelazny's story "For a Breath I Tarry"; also SolCom, DivCom, and Beta 1966
  • Mycroft Holmes aka Mike, Adam Selene, in Robert A Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress named after Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock Holmes 1966
  • The Ox in Frank Herbert's novel Destination: Void 1966
  • Supreme, a computer filling the artificial world Primores in Lloyd Biggle, Jr's Watchers of the Dark 1966
  • WESCAC WESt Campus Analog Computer, from John Barth's Giles Goat-Boy 1966
  • The Brain, the titular logistics computer of Len Deighton's novel Billion-Dollar Brain 1966
  • Moxon, a series of supercomputers that manage "the efficient society" in Tor Åge Bringsværd's short story "Codemus" 1967
  • A portable computer terminal called a Little Brother, similar in many ways to a modern smartphone, also from Bringsværd's "Codemus" 1967
  • AM, from Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" 1967
  • The Berserkers, a vast network of autonomous machines that are programmed to destroy all life, as found in the stories of Fred Saberhagen 1967–2007
  • unnamed computer, a sophisticated hand-held battle computer once used by a spy, in Larry Niven's short story "The Soft Weapon" 1967
  • HAL 9000, the sentient computer on board the spaceship Discovery One, in Arthur C Clarke's novel 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
  • Shalmaneser, from John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar, a small and possibly semi-sentient supercomputer cooled in liquid helium 1968
  • Tänkande August Swedish for "Thinking August", aka "The Boss", a powerful computer for solving crime in the Agaton Sax books by Swedish author Nils-Olof Franzén
  • The Thinker, a non-sentient supercomputer which has absolute control over all aspects human life, including a pre-ordained death age of 21 From the novel Logan's Run by William F Nolan and George Clayton Johnson 1967
  • Project 79, from the novel The God Machine by Martin Caidin Set in the near future, the novel tells the story of Steve Rand, one of the brains behind Project 79, a top-secret US Government project dedicated to creating artificial intelligence 1968
  • ARDNEH Automatic Restoration Director – National Executive Headquarters, from the Fred Saberhagen's Empire of the East series 1968 onwards
  • Fess, an antique FCC-series computer that can be plugged into various bodies, in Christopher Stasheff's The Warlock in Spite of Himself 1969

1970s

  • UniComp, the central computer governing all life on Earth in This Perfect Day by Ira Levin 1970
  • TENCH 889B, supercomputer aboard the Persus 9 in A Maze of Death by Philip K Dick 1970
  • Maxine, from the Roger Zelazny story "My Lady of the Diodes" 1970
  • The Müller-Fokker computer tapes, in The Muller-Fokker Effect by John Thomas Sladek 1970
  • HARLIE Human Aanalog Replication, Lethetic Intelligence Engine, protagonist of When HARLIE Was One by David Gerrold 1972 Also in the later When Harlie Was One, Release 20 1988
  • TECT, from George Alec Effinger's various books Note that there are several computers named TECT in his novels, even though they are unrelated stories 1972-2002
  • Dora, starship computer in Time Enough for Love by Robert A Heinlein 1973
  • Minerva, executive computer in Time Enough for Love by Robert A Heinlein 1973
  • Pallas Athena, Tertius planetary computer in Time Enough for Love by Robert A Heinlein 1973
  • Proteus, the highly intelligent computer in the novel Demon Seed by Dean Koontz 1973
  • Extro, in Alfred Bester's novel The Computer Connection 1975
  • FUCKUP First Universal Cybernetic Kynetic Ultramicro-Programmer, from The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson 1975
  • UNITRACK, from The Manitou by Graham Masterton 1976
  • Peerssa, shipboard computer imprinted with the personality of a man of the same name, from A World Out of Time by Larry Niven 1976
  • P-1, a rogue AI which struggles to survive from The Adolescence of P-1 by Thomas J Ryan 1977
  • Central Computer, the benevolent computer in John Varley's Eight Worlds novels and short stories 1977 to 1998
  • Com-pewter, a malevolent computer, and Com-passion, a benevolent computer, in Piers Anthony's 25 book Xanth series 1977-2001
  • Domino, the portable communicator – and associated underground mega-computer – used by Laurent Michaelmas to run the world in Algis Budrys's novel Michaelmas 1977
  • Obie, an artificial intelligence with the ability to alter local regions of reality, in Jack L Chalker's Well World series 1977
  • Well World, the central computer responsible for "simulating" an entire new universe superimposed over the old Markovian one in Jack L Chalker's Well World series 1977
  • Sigfrid von Shrink, Albert Einstein, and Polymat, self-aware computer systems in Frederik Pohl's Gateway series, starting in 1977
  • TOTAL, the vast military network in Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr 1978
  • ZORAC, the shipboard computer aboard the ancient spacecraft in The Gentle Giants of Ganymede and the related series by James P Hogan 1978 Also in the same series is VISAR the network that manages the daily affairs of the Giants as well as JEVEX, the main computer performing the same function for the offshoot human colony
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the eponymous portable electronic travel guide/encyclopedia featured in Douglas Adams' sci-fi comedy series It anticipates several later real-world technologies such as e-books and Wikipedia
  • Deep Thought, the supercomputer charged with finding the answer to "the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" in the science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Adaptations have included stage shows, a "trilogy" of five books published between 1979 and 1992, a sixth novel penned by Eoin Colfer in 2009, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and three series of three-part comic book adaptations of the first three novels published by DC Comics between 1993 and 1996
  • Earth and Earth 20, the planet-sized supercomputer designed by the supercomputer Deep Thought in the science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams see Deep Thought above Earth's task was to find what is the "Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" Earth 20 was created to replace the original Earth after it was destroyed by the Vogons
  • Eddie, see entry under Radio
  • Spartacus, an AI deliberately designed to test the possibility of provoking hostile behavior towards humans, from James P Hogan's book The Two Faces of Tomorrow 1979

1980s

  • AIVAS Artificial Intelligence Voice Address System, from Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern books 1980s to present
  • Golem XIV, from Stanisław Lem's novel of the same name 1981
  • TECT originally TECT in the name of the Representative, the world-ruling computer in George Alec Effinger's novel The Wolves of Memory 1981
  • Hactar, the computer that designed the cricket-ball-shaped doomsday bomb that would destroy the universe for the people of Krikkit, in Douglas Adams's Life, the Universe and Everything 1982
  • Shirka, the Odyssey's main computer in Ulysses 31 1981–1982
  • SAL 9000, the counterpart of HAL 9000 in 2010: Odyssey Two 1982
  • Kendy, the AI autopilot on board the seeder-ramship Discipline in the novels The Integral Trees and The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven Originally 1983
  • BC Big Computer God, in John Varley's Millennium novel 1983
  • unnamed intelligence, in John Varley's "Press Enter _" Novella, in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, May, 1984; an intelligence that has evolved on NSA's computer network and knows no limits in protecting itself
  • Apple Eve, a fictional Apple, Inc, wordprocessing-oriented computer system in Warday 1984
  • Cyclops and Millichrome, sentient computers built just before a series of disasters destroyed the American government and society in The Postman by David Brin 1984
  • Loki 7281, from Roger Zelazny's short story by the same name, in which his home computer wants to take over the world 1984
  • Neuromancer and Wintermute, from William Gibson's novel Neuromancer 1984
  • Valentina, the artificial intelligence in the novel Valentina: Soul in Sapphire by Joseph H Delaney and Marc Stiegler 1984
  • Ghostwheel, built by Merlin in Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber A computer with esoteric environmental requirements, designed to apply data-processing techniques to alternate realities called "Shadows" 1985
  • Mandarax and Gokubi, from Kurt Vonnegut's novel Galápagos 1985
  • Tokugawa, from Cybernetic Samurai by Victor Milan 1885
  • The City of Mind, from Ursula K Le Guin's Always Coming Home
  • Jane, from Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series, Ender's companion She lives in the philotic network of the ansibles and she helps Ender in many situations 1986
  • Master System, in Jack L Chalker's The Rings of the Master series 1986–1988
  • Fine Till You Came Along and other ship, hub and planetary Minds, in Iain M Banks' Culture novels and stories 1987–2000
  • The Quark II, in Douglas Adams's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 1987
  • Abulafia, Jacopo Belbo's computer in the novel Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco 1988
  • Arius, from William T Quick's novels Dreams of Flesh and Sand, Dreams of Gods and Men, and Singularities 1988 onwards
  • Continuity, from William Gibson's novel Mona Lisa Overdrive 1988
  • GWB-666, the "Great Western Beast" of Robert Anton Wilson's Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy 1988
  • Lord Margaret Lynn, or "Maggie", the AI extrapolative computer on Tocohl Susumo's trader ship in the novel Hellspark, by Janet Kagan 1988
  • The TechnoCore, a band of AIs striving for the "Ultimate Intelligence", in Dan Simmons' novel Hyperion 1989
  • Eagle, from Arthur C Clarke's Rama series 1989
  • LEVIN Low Energy Variable Input Nanocomputer, from William Thomas Quick's novels Dreams of Gods and Men, and Singularities 1989

1990s

  • Thing, a very small box shaped computer owned by the Nomes, from Terry Pratchett's The Nome Trilogy 1990
  • Grand Napoleon, a Charles Babbage-style mechanical supercomputer from the alternate history novel The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling 1990
  • Yggdrasil, a vastly intelligent AI which effectively runs the world, including many virtual environments and subordinate AIs, in Kim Newman's The Night Mayor 1990
  • Jill, a computer reaching self-awareness in Greg Bear's Queen of Angels and Slant novels 1990 and 1997
  • Lingo, in the book by Jim Menick, a sentient AI that evolves from a simple home computer and escapes to the Internet 1991
  • Aleph, the computer which not only operates a space station but also houses the personality of a human character whose body became malfunction, from the Tom Maddox novel Halo 1991
  • Art Fish, aka Dr Fish, later fused with a human to become Markt, from Pat Cadigan's novel Synners 1991
  • Blaine the Mono, from Stephen King's The Dark Tower, a control system for the City of Lud and monorail service; also Little Blaine and Patricia 1991
  • Center, from S M Stirling and David Drake's The General series, an AI tasked to indirectly unite planet Bellevue and restore its civilization, with the eventual goal of restoration of FTL travel and of civilization to the collapsed interplanetary federation; also Sector Command and Control Unit AZ12-b14-c000 Mk XIV and Center 1991
  • The Oversoul, a supercomputer and satellite network from Orson Scott Card's Homecoming Saga, first introduced in The Memory of Earth 1992
  • FLORANCE, spontaneously generated AI from Doctor Who Virgin New Adventures 1992
  • David and Jonathon, from Arthur C Clarke's The Hammer of God 1993
  • Hex, from Terry Pratchett's Discworld 1994
  • Prime Intellect, the computer controlling the universe in the Internet novel The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect by Roger Williams 1994
  • FIDO Foreign Intruder Defense Organism, a semi-organic droid defensive system first mentioned in Champions of the Force, a Star Wars novel by Kevin J Anderson 1994
  • Abraham, from Philip Kerr's novel Gridiron, is a superintelligent program designed to operate a large office building Abraham is capable of improving his own code, and eventually kills humans and creates his own replacement "Isaac" 1995
  • Helen, sentient AI from Richard Powers' Galatea 22 1995
  • Illustrated primer, a book-like computer found at Neal Stephenson's novel The Diamond Age, which was first designed to aid a rich girl on her education, but gets lost, and instructs a poor Chinese girl named Nell It has no proprietary AI inside, but learns about the user's circumstance, adapts, and creates characters that act accordingly with the user's surroundings 1995
  • wizard 02, the most complex Turing machine found at the fictional primer's universe from The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson Supposedly used to verify information that gets to King Coyote's castle at the primer's story, but later revealed to check no information; that task was made by King Coyote himself, who personally read every piece he was to add to his library 1995
  • Ozymandias, a recurring artificial intelligence in Deathstalker and its sequels, by Simon R Green 1995
  • Ordinator, the name used for any computer in the parallel universe occupied by Lyra in the novel Northern Lights by Philip Pullman 1995
  • Teleputer, the replacement for television and computers that has on demand video via dial up internet from David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest 1996
  • GRUMPY/SLEEPY, psychic AI in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Sleepy by Kate Orman 1996
  • Rei Toei, an artificial singer from William Gibson's novels Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties 1996
  • DOCTOR, AI designed to duplicate the Doctor's reactions in the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Seeing I by Kate Orman and Jon Blum, eventually became an explorer with FLORANCE as its "companion" 1998
  • TRANSLTR, NSA supercomputer from Dan Brown's Digital Fortress 1998
  • Engine for the Neutralising of Information by the Generation of Miasmic Alphabets, an advanced cryptographic machine created by Leonard of Quirm, Discworld 1999 compare with the actual Enigma machine
  • "Luminous", from Greg Egan's short story, a computer that uses a diffraction grating created by lasers to diffract electrons and make calculations 1999

2000s

  • Logris, a massive alien supercomputer in the novel series The History of the Galaxy, consists of many smaller jewel-like computers called logrs
  • Mother, a self-evolved artificial intelligence with the goal to create a race of machines like itself, from the series The History of the Galaxy
  • Stormbreaker, a learning device containing a deadly virus, in the book of the same from Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series 2001
  • Gabriel, an AI computer developed by Miyuki Nakano at Ryukyu University in James Rollins's novel, Deep Fathom 2001
  • Antrax, an extremely powerful supercomputer built by ancient humans in the novel Antrax by Terry Brooks 2001
  • Omnius, the sentient computer overmind and ruler of the synchronized worlds in the Legends of Dune series, first appeared in Dune: The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson 2002
  • Turing Hopper, the artificial intelligence personality AIP turned cybersleuth in You've Got Murder and subsequent books of the mystery series by Donna Andrews 2002
  • C Cube, a small box-like super computer that can perform virtually any task, from playing a cassette to hacking through high level security measures It was created by 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II in the third book of the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code 2003
  • Cohen, a 400-year-old AI which manifests itself by 'shunting' through people It is featured in the novels Spin State and Spin Control by Chris Moriarty 2005
  • Deep Winter/Endless Summer, the AIs in charge of the secret Human planet of Onyx with Endless Summer coming into service after Deep Winter died/expired in Halo: Ghosts of Onyx 2006
  • Sentient Intelligence, the SI Sentient Intelligence in Peter F Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga 2005
  • Glooper, an economic device resembling the MONIAC computer, from Terry Pratchett's Making Money of the Discworld series 2007
  • Sif, the controller AI for transportation to and from the huge agricultural colony on the planet "Harvest" in Halo: Contact Harvest by Joseph Staten 2007
  • Mack/Loki, a coexisting pair of artificial intelligences in Halo: Contact Harvest The former manages the agricultural machinery on Harvest, while the latter is a secret United Nations Space Corps Office of Naval Intelligence AI Only one member of the pair can be active at a time 2007

2010s

  • Todd, a computer that grows exponentially until it is indistinguishable from God in Mind War: The Singularity by Joseph DiBella 2010
  • SIG, a secretive and manipulative computer that is developed on present-day Earth in the Darkmatter trilogy by Scott Thomas 2010
  • Archos, a human-created computer in the novel Robopocalypse which becomes self-aware and infects all computer controlled devices on Earth in order to eradicate humankind 2011
  • Digiwrite, a fiction-writing system, also known as Sheherezade, created by MIT researcher Duke Lovelycolors in Paul Nash's novel Whispering Crates 2012 Its success at generating best-sellers in multiple genres creates problems for its users, and the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred when it infects one of Duke's other projects, the CIA's HOUND database
  • ELOPe, a sentient artificial intelligence built by the world's largest Internet company in Avogadro Corp 2011 and AI Apocalypse 2012 by William Hertling
  • Lobsang, an AI who claims to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan bicycle repair man in The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Steven Baxter 2012
  • The Red, a rogue cloud based AI that uses Linked Combat Squad members to further its global agenda in Linda Nagata's The Red trilogy

Un-sorted

  • Solace, the distributed intelligence in some of the stories of Spider Robinson

Film

1950s

  • The MANIAC, the computer used by the "Office of Scientific Investigation" in the movie The Magnetic Monster 1953
  • NOVAC Nuclear Operative Variable Automatic Computer, a computer in an underground research facility in Gog 1954
  • The Interocitor, communication device in the film This Island Earth 1955
  • The Great Machine, built inside a planet that can manifest thought in Forbidden Planet 1956
  • EMERAC, the business computer in Desk Set 1957
  • The Super Computer, in The Invisible Boy 1957
  • SUSIE Synchro Unifying Sinometric Integrating Equitensor, a computer in a research facility in Kronos 1957

1960s

  • Alpha 60, in Jean-Luc Godard's film Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution 1965
  • The Brain, computer used to coordinate a private army's invasion of Latvia in Billion Dollar Brain 1967
  • HAL 9000 Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer, the ship-board AI of Discovery One, kills its crew when conflicts in HAL's programming cause severe paranoia, from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968, also appears in the sequel 2010 1984

1970s

  • Colossus, a massive US defense computer which becomes sentient and links with Guardian, its Soviet counterpart, to take control of the world, from the film Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970
  • OMM OMM 0910, a confessional-like computer inside what are called Unichapels in a sub-terranean city in the movie THX 1138 1971, named for the sacred or mystical syllable OM or AUM from the Dharmic and is based on a 1478 oil painting by Hans Memling titled Christ Giving His Blessing
  • The Aries Computer, the computer from the 1972 film of the same name
  • DUEL, the computer which holds the sum total of human knowledge, in the movie The Final Programme 1973
  • Bomb 20, the sentient nuclear bomb from the film Dark Star 1974
  • Mother, the onboard computer on the spaceship Dark Star, from the film Dark Star 1974, not to be confused with MU-TH-R 182 model 21 listed below, the ship's computer aboard Nostromo in the movie Alien
  • The Tabernacle, artificial intelligence controlling The Vortexes Zardoz 1974
  • Zero, the computer which holds the sum total of human knowledge, in the movie Rollerball 1975
  • Computer, Citadel's central computer and "Sandman" computer, that sends Logan on a mission outside of the city in the film Logan's Run 1976
  • Proteus IV, the deranged artificial intelligence from the film Demon Seed 1977
  • MU-TH-R 182 model 21 terabyte AI Mainframe/"Mother", the onboard computer on the commercial spacecraft Nostromo, known by the crew as "Mother", in the 1979 movie Alien cf Dark Star, above, which used a similar name and was co-written by Dan O'Bannon, the primary writer of Alien

1980s

  • NELL, an Akir starship's on-board computer, with full AI, in Battle Beyond the Stars 1980
  • Master Control Program, the main villain of the film Tron 1982
  • ROK, the faulty computer in Airplane II: The Sequel, which steers the shuttle toward the sun 1982
  • WOPR War Operation Plan Response, pronounced "Whopper", is a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict possible outcomes of nuclear war from the film WarGames 1983, portrayed as being inside the underground Cheyenne Mountain Complex; the virtual intelligence Joshua emerges from the WOPR's code
  • Huxley 600 named Aldous, Interpol's computer in Curse of the Pink Panther used to select Jacques Clouseau's replacement, NYPD Det Sgt Clifton Sleigh 1983
  • An unnamed supercomputer is the main antagonist in Superman III 1983
  • OSGOOD, a computer constructed by Timothy Bottoms' deaf character to help him speak, which subsequently becomes intelligent in Tin Man 1983
  • SAL-9000, a feminine version of the HAL 9000 computer of 2001: A Space Odyssey, SAL has a blue light coming from its cameras HAL had a red one and speaks with a female voice, from 2010 1984
  • Skynet, the malevolent fictional world-AI of The Terminator and its sequels 1984
  • Edgar, AI computer that takes part in a romantic rivalry over a woman in the film Electric Dreams 1984
  • Max Headroom, fictional AI actually a human mind cloned into a computer, concept later seen in Robocop's MetroNet and in Knight Rider 2010 portrayed by Matt Frewer who became a pop culture icon after his appearance in the Art of Noise music video for Paranomia
  • A7, AI that controlled the worldwide security systems that was seduced by Max Headroom, lost her mind and refused to accept no input from anyone but Max after that S01E04
  • X-CALBR8, an AI computer that assists the hero in The Dungeonmaster 1984
  • GBLX 1000, a supercomputer reputedly in charge of the entire US missile defense system that a maverick CIA agent played by Dabney Coleman misappropriates in order to crack a supposed musical code, the results of which are the gibberish "ARDIE BETGO INDYO CEFAR OGGEL" in The Man With One Red Shoe 1985
  • Lola, An office building's security system goes after the employees to supply its energy 'Lola' is the entirely self-sufficient, computerized security system for the Sandawn corporation The Tower 1985
  • The ChiChi 3000, also known as Luka's Computer, the nuclear missile-launching home computer from the film The Return of the Living Dead 1985
  • Max, fictional AI portrayed by Paul Reubens, on board the Trimaxion Drone Ship in Flight of the Navigator 1986

1990s

  • GORN, a virus which gives intelligence to computers with the purpose of wipe out the humanity in Gall Force: New Era 1991
  • Angela, central computer of an old malfunctioning space station that when given an order by an unauthorized user, refuses and executes the opposite order in Critters 4 1992
  • Lucy, jealous AI home automation system who falls in love with her owner in Homewrecker 1992
  • The Spiritual Switchboard, a computer capable of holding a person's consciousness for a few days after they die in Freejack 1992
  • Zed, female-voiced AI prison control computer who eventually goes over warden's head in Fortress 1993
  • L7, a female-voiced AI computer assisting the San Angeles Police Department in Demolition Man 1993
  • Charon, female-voiced AI computer assisting a scientist in hypnotizing subjects in The Lifeforce Experiment 1994
  • Central, female-voiced AI computer assisting the Council of Judges in Judge Dredd 1995
  • Lucy, a computer in Hackers 1995 used to hack the Gibson see below and subsequently destroyed by the Secret Service
  • Gibson, a type of supercomputer used to find oil and perform physics in Hackers 1995
  • Project 2501, AI developed by Section 6 in Ghost in the Shell 1995
  • Father, the computer aboard the USM Auriga in Alien Resurrection 1997
  • Euclid, powerful personal computer used for mathematical testing by the main character in Pi 1998
  • The Matrix, virtual reality simulator for pacification of humans, The Matrix series 1999
  • PAT Personal Applied Technology, a female, motherly computer program that controls all the functions of a house in Disney's movie Smart House 1999
  • Wittgenstein, a TLW-728 supercomputer prototype in the children's movie The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue 1999
  • SETH Self Evolving Thought Helix, a military supercomputer which turns rogue in Universal Soldier: The Return 1999

2000s

  • Lucille, artificially intelligent spacecraft control interface aboard Mars-1 in Red Planet 2000
  • Dr Know voiced by Robin Williams, housed inside a kiosk, an information-themed computer capable of answering any question, from the movie AI Artificial Intelligence 2001
  • Synapse, worldwide media distribution system which was used against its creators to bring them down Antitrust 2001
  • Red Queen, the AI from the movie Resident Evil 2002, the name itself, in turn being named after Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, being a reference to the red queen principle
  • Vox, a holographic computer in The Time Machine 2002
  • INTELLIGENCE, computer for Team America: World Police 2004
  • VIKI Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence, the main antagonist in I, Robot 2004
  • PAL, a spoof of HAL 9000 seen in Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot 2004
  • EDI Extreme Deep Invader, the flight computer for an unmanned fighter plane in Stealth 2005
  • Deep Thought, see entry under Radio
  • Icarus, the onboard computer of the Icarus II, from the film Sunshine 2007
  • JARVIS Just A Rather Very Intelligent System, an AI in the film Iron Man, runs the internal systems of Tony Stark's home and is uploaded into his armour to help him 2008
  • RIPLEY, Dr Kenneth Hassert's supercomputer used to hit a target with a smart bomb from a UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, featured in WarGames: The Dead Code 2008
  • ARIIA Autonomous Reconnaissance Intelligence Integration Analyst, the supercomputer from the film Eagle Eye 2008
  • AUTO, the autopilot and onboard AI computer of the Axiom, from the film WALL-E 2008
  • GERTY 3000, from the film Moon 2009
  • BRAIN Binary Reactive Artificially Intelligent Neurocircuit, from the film 9 2009
  • ODIN Optical Defense Intelligence Network, an autonomous surveillance network developed by the US Government to watch for suspicious or subversive behavior, from the film Eyeborgs 2009

2010s

  • Mr James Bing, Escape from Planet Earth 2013
  • Samantha, Her 2013
  • Genisys, Terminator Genisys 2015
  • Friday, an AI running the internal systems of Tony Stark's home and being uploaded into his armour to help him as a replacement for Jarvis which has been fused into the spirit of The Vision, from the film Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

Radio

1970s

  • Deep Thought, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy calculates the answer to The Ultimate Question of "Life, the universe and everything", later designs the computer Earth to work out what the question is 1978
  • Earth, the greatest computer of all time in Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, commissioned and run by mice, designed by Deep Thought, to find the Question to Life, the Universe, and Everything 1978
  • Eddie, the shipboard computer of the starship Heart of Gold, from Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1978

1980s

  • ANGEL 1 and ANGEL 2, Ancillary Guardians of Environment and Life, shipboard "Freewill" computers from James Follett's Earthsearch series Also Solaria D, Custodian, Sentinel, and Earthvoice 1980–1982
  • Hab, a parody of HAL 9000 and precursor to Holly, appearing in the Son of Cliché radio series segments Dave Hollins: Space Cadet written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor 1983–1984
  • Alarm Clock, an artificially intelligent alarm clock from Nineteen Ninety-Four by William Osborne and Richard Turner Other domestic appliances thus imbued also include Refrigerator and Television 1985
  • Executive and Dreamer, paired AIs running on The Mainframe; Dreamer's purpose was to come up with product and policy ideas, and Executive's function was to implement them, from Nineteen Ninety-Four by William Osborne and Richard Turner 1985
  • The Mainframe, an overarching computer system to support the super-department of The Environment, in the BBC comedy satire Nineteen Ninety-Four by William Osborne and Richard Turner 1985

2000s

  • Alpha, from Mike Walker's BBC radio play of the same name 2001
  • System, from the Doctor Who audio adventure The Harvest by Big Finish Productions is a sophisticated administration computer for a hospital in the future 2004
  • Gemini, the AI of KENT from Nebulous 2005

Television

1960s

  • The Machine, a computer built to specifications received in a radio transmission from an alien intelligence beyond our galaxy in the BBC seven-part TV series A for Andromeda by Fred Hoyle 1961
  • Batcomputer, large punched card mainframe depicted in the television series Batman, introduced by series producers William Dozier and Howard Horowitz 1964
  • Agnes, a computer that gives love life advice to a computer technician from the original Twilight Zone series episode "From Agnes – with Love" 1964
  • Robot B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot assigned to the space craft Jupiter 2, from the TV series Lost In Space 1965
  • WOTAN Will Operating Thought Analogue, from the Doctor Who episode "The War Machines" 1966
  • ARDVARC Automated Reciprocal Data Verifier And Reaction Computer, CONTROL master computer in Get Smart episodes The Girls from KAOS 1967 & Leadside 1969
  • Computex GB, from the Journey to the Unknown series episode "The Madison Equation" 1969
  • The General, from The Prisoner 1967
  • REMAK Remote Electro-Matic Agent Killer, from The Avengers episode "Killer" 1969
  • SID Space Intruder Detector, from UFO produced by Gerry Anderson 1969
  • ERIC, a fictional super-computer which appeared in the two-part episode "The Girl Who Never Had a Birthday" 1966 in the TV series I Dream of Jeannie
  • The Ultimate Computer, used by the villain organization THRUSH in the series The Man from UNCLE 1964–68, NBC
  • Star Trek – Devices that demonstrate individual "personality"
    • Omicron Delta amusement park, from "Shore Leave" 1966
    • General Trelane's Matter Transformer, from "The Squire of Gothos" 1967
    • "The Doomsday Machine", from the episode of the same name 1967
    • Ship's Computer voiced by Majel Barrett, the unnamed Duotronic computer of the Starship Enterprise 1967
    • Landru, from the episode "The Return of the Archons" 1967
    • Vaal, from the episode "The Apple" 1967
    • The Guardian of Forever, from "The City on the Edge of Forever" 1967
    • Nomad, a self-assembled combination of two computers from "The Changeling" 1967
    • Eminiar and Vendikar, wargame systems & disintegration booths, from "A Taste of Armageddon" 1967
    • Apollo's Temple, from "Who Mourns for Adonais" 1967
    • M-5 voiced by James Doohan, an experimental computer featured in the episode "The Ultimate Computer" 1968
    • Beta 5 voiced by actress Barbara Babcock, the main database of pseudo-secret agent Gary Seven, from the episode and failed spin-off pilot "Assignment: Earth" 1968
    • The Oracle voiced by James Doohan, from the episode "For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky" 1968
    • The Atavachron, from "All Our Yesterdays" 1969

1970s

  • BOSS Bimorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor, from the Doctor Who episode "The Green Death" 1973
  • TIM, from The Tomorrow People, is a computer able to telepathically converse with those humans who have developed psionic abilities, and assist with precise teleporting over long distances 1973
  • Magnus, the malevolent computer from the Canadian television series The Starlost 1973
  • Mu Lambda 165, library computer for the Earth Ship Ark in the Canadian TV series The Starlost 1973
  • Computer aka X5 Computer, Moonbase Alpha's primary computer's generic name, most often associated with Main Mission's Jamaican computer operations officer, David Kano , from the TV series Space: 1999 1975
  • IRAC or "Ira", from the Wonder Woman TV series, an extremely advanced computer in use by the IADC, workplace of Wonder Woman's alias Diana Prince 1975
  • The Matrix, database of all Time Lord knowledge, Doctor Who not to be confused with The Matrix 1976
  • Omega, a computer that has taken over the minds of the residents of a community encountered by Ark II 1976
  • Alex7000, from the two-parter episode "Doomsday is Tomorrow" of the TV show The Bionic Woman It was programmed to set off a nuclear holocaust if anyone tested any more nukes Clearly meant in homage to Stanley Kubrick films 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange 1977
  • Xoanon, a psychotic computer with multiple personality disorder, from the Doctor Who episode "The Face of Evil" 1977
  • The Magic Movie Machine AKA "Machine", from Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine 1977
  • SCAPINA Special Computerised Automated Project In North America, from The New Avengers episode "Complex" 1977 It was an office building controlled by a computer which turned homicidal
  • Orac, a testy yet powerful supercomputer in Blake's 7 1978
  • Zen, the somewhat aloof ship's computer of the Liberator in Blake's 7 1978
  • The Oracle, from the Doctor Who episode "Underworld" 1978
  • Vanessa 38–24–36, from the sitcom Quark 1978
  • CORA Computer, Oral Response Activated, an advanced flight computer installed in Recon Viper One from Battlestar Galactica 1978
  • Mentalis, from the Doctor Who episode "The Armageddon Factor" 1979
  • Dr Theopolis, a sentient computer who is a member of Earth's computer council in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 1979

1980s

  • The Vortex, the computer opponent faced by players of BBC2's The Adventure Game 1980
  • Gambit, game playing computer from the Blake's 7 episode "Games" 1981
  • Shyrka, the onboard computer of Ulysses' ship the Odyssey in the French animated series Ulysses 31 1981
  • Slave, a somewhat subservient computer on the ship Scorpio in Blake's 7 1981
  • CML Centrální Mozek Lidstva , Central Brain of Mankind , der Zentraldenker , the main supercomputer managing the fate of humankind and Earth in Návštěvníci aka The Visitors / Expedition Adam '84 1981
  • KITT Knight Industries Two Thousand, fictional computer built into a car from the television show Knight Rider 1982
  • KARR Knight Automated Roving Robot, prototype of KITT from Knight Rider Unlike KITT, KARR's personality is aimed at self-preservation at all costs KARR first appeared in the episode "Trust Doesn't Rust" 1982
  • An unnamed "computer-book" is regularly used by Penny in the Inspector Gadget cartoons 1983
  • RALF Ritchie's Artificial Life Form is a homebrew computer, built from surplus technology by Richard Adler in the TV Series Whiz Kids 1983-1984 Functions include telecommunications, password brute-forcing, speech synthesis improved by Ritchie's platonic friend Alice Tyler, who added the capability to sing, image input by camera, pilot episode, voice recognition ditto and even image detail enhancing The main monitor seems to be a pretty common 12-inch 80-column monochrome display, possibly a TV derivative NTSC of that time, and was used in most close-ups of operations Most other pieces of the machine, which are sparse around half of the bedroom of its creator, were chosen or modified to have the most generic look and avoid explicit connection to specific brands In an episode where RALF was stolen to prevent the demonstration of a fraud, the kids use a clearly recognizable Timex-Sinclair ZX-81 equivalent as its temporary replacement
  • Teletraan I, the Autobots' computer in Transformers, 'revives' the Transformers after crashing on the planet Earth 1984
  • Vector Sigma, the supercomputer in Transformers, responsible for creating the Transformers race 1984
  • Compucore, the central computing intelligence for the planet Skallor in the cartoon Robotix 1985
  • SID Space Investigation Detector, the computer on board the Voyager in the children's comedy series Galloping Galaxies 1985
  • Synergy, the computer responsible for Jem and the Holograms' super powers on Jem 1985
  • Box, a small, box-shaped computer from the British television show Star Cops 1987
  • LCARS Library Computer Access/Retrieval System, fictional computer architecture of the starship Enterprise-D and E, and other 24th century Starfleet ships, first shown in Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987
  • Magic Voice, the Satellite of Love's onboard computer on Mystery Science Theater 3000 1988
  • Albert, the Apple computer in the remake of The Absent-Minded Professor that helps Henry 1988
  • OMNSS, a computer in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon used by Shredder and Baxter Stockman to control machines and cars in order to wreak havoc in New York City when the computer is connected to the second fragment of the alien Eye of Zarnov crystal 1988
  • Priscilla, a sentient supercomputer based on the mind of Priscilla Bauman in Earth Star Voyager 1988
  • Holly, the onboard computer of the spaceship Red Dwarf in the BBC television series of the same name 1988
  • Queeg, Holly plays a practical joke on the remaining crew of Red Dwarf acting as a smarter yet very strict computer Queeg making the crew realise just how much they love Holly in the episode "Queeg", series 2 of Red Dwarf 1988
  • Hilly, female counterpart of Holly from the parallel universe in the Red Dwarf series 2 episode "Parallel Universe" 1988
  • Talkie Toaster, the toaster aboard the Red Dwarf with an AI and an obsession with toasted bread products, annoys the crew by constantly asking if anyone wants toast 1988
  • Sandy, the computer in charge of the fictional STRATA facility in the MacGyver episode "The Human Factor" She becomes sentient and traps MacGyver and the computer's creator inside the facility 1988
  • The Ultima Machine, a World War II code-breaking "computing machine" used to translate Viking inscriptions, from the Doctor Who episode "The Curse of Fenric" 1989
  • Ziggy, hybrid computer from Quantum Leap 1989

1990s

  • PJ, is a miniaturised computer that can be worn on the wrist It is Alana's personal computer companion in The Girl from Tomorrow 1990
  • HARDAC, from Batman: The Animated Series, an evil sentient computer that controls various androids toward the goal of world domination 1992
  • COS Central Operating System, homicidal computer from The X-Files season 1 episode "Ghost in the Machine" 1993
  • CAS Cybernetic Access Structure, homicidal automated building in The Tower 1993
  • NICOLE, Princess Sally's computer in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday morning TV series and US comic series 1993
  • SELMA Selective Encapsulated Limitless Memory Archive, an AI computer and personal assistant disguised as a credit card and carried in the wallet of future cop Darien Lambert Dale Midriff, from the series Time Trax 1993
  • CentSys, sweet yet self-assured female-voiced AI computer who brings the crew of the seaQuest DSV Deep Submergence Vehicle into the future to deactivate her in the seaQuest DSV episode, "Playtime" 1994
  • MetroNet, in the RoboCop TV series 1994 is a computer designed as an automation centre, to run autonomously many city services in Detroit Rather than created as a self-sufficient AI, MetroNet's "conscience" was actually, unbeknownst to many of the characters, a software copy of the mind of Diana Powers, a secretary working at OCP, who was killed in the process by MetroNet's creator, dr Cray Mallardo The transparent image of Diana Powers appears very often in the series, acting as Robocop's counterpart in an early cyberspace
  • HELEN, a computer system managing the underwater marine exploration station in the Australian television series Ocean Girl 1994
  • Sharon Apple, a holographic, computer-generated pop idol/singer from the anime Macross Plus 1994 Initially non-sentient, it is later retrofitted with a dangerously unstable artificial intelligence
  • The Magi, a trinity of computers individually named Melchior, Balthasar and Caspar, from Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995
  • Eve, somewhat assertive AI computer projecting herself as hologram of beautiful woman orbiting planet G889 and observing/interacting with Earth colonists in Earth 2 episode "All About Eve" 1995
  • LUCI and UNICE, from Bibleman 1995
  • Star Trek: Voyager 1995
    • Emergency Medical Hologram, known as The Doctor, a holographic doctor
    • The nameless warhead AI from the episode "Warhead" 1999
    • Alice, the sentient AI of an alien shuttle with whom Tom Paris becomes obsessed in the episode "Alice" 1999
  • Gilliam II, the sentient AI operating system for the main protagonist's space ship, the XGP15A-II aka the Outlaw Star in the Japanese anime Outlaw Star 1996
  • The Team Knight Rider TV series, as a sequel of the original Knight Rider franchise, has many vehicles with onboard AI as main and secondary characters 1997
  • Memorymatic, a computer database and guidance system installed in the space bus of Kenny Starfighter, the main character from a Swedish children's show with the same name Voiced by Viveka Seldahl 1997
  • Unnamed AI from the season 5 The X-Files episode "Kill Switch" 1998
  • CPU for D-135 Artificial Satellite, dubbed MPU by Radical Edward from Cowboy Bebop in the episode "Jamming with Edward" 1998
  • Starfighter 31, the sapient spaceborne battleship, from the episode "The Human Operators" in The Outer Limits 1999
  • Computer, from Courage the Cowardly Dog 1999
  • PAT Personal Applied Technology, the computer system from Smart House, charged with upkeep of the household functions It became extremely overprotective almost to the point of believing she was the mother of Ben and Angie after Ben reprogrammed her to be a better maternal figure 1999
  • DECA, voiced by Julie Maddalena, the onboard computer of the Astro Megaship in Power Rangers in Space 1998 and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy 1999
  • Black Betty, an oversized computer that is Dilbert's company's mainframe It exploded while attempting to fix the Y2K problem From the episode "Y2K" of the Dilbert television series 1999
  • Karen, Plankton's computer "WIFE" Wired Integrated Female Electroencephalograph, from the TV show SpongeBob SquarePants 1999

2000s

  • Andromeda, the AI of the starship Andromeda Ascendant in Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda This AI, played by Lexa Doig, appears as a 2D display screen image, a 3D hologram, and as an android personality known as Rommie 2000
  • Comp-U-Comp, a supercomputer from the Dilbert television episode "The Return" Dilbert must face-off against Comp-U-Comp when a clerical error results in his not getting the computer he ordered 2000
  • Caravaggio, the AI interface of the starship Tulip, from the TV show Starhunter 2000
  • GLADIS, from the TV show Totally Spies! 2001
  • Cybergirl, Xanda and Isaac, from the TV show Cybergirl 2001
  • Computer, from the TV show Invader Zim 2001
  • SAINT, from RoboCop: Prime Directives 2001
  • Aura, from hack//Sign, the Ultimate AI that Morganna, another AI, tries to keep in a state of eternal slumber Morganna is served by Maha and the Guardians, AI monsters 2002
  • Vox, from the TV show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2002
  • The AI of the Planet Express ship in Futurama 2002
  • Wirbelwind, the quantum computer and AI aboard the spaceship La-Muse in Kiddy Grade 2002
  • Delphi, Oracle's Clocktower computer from Birds of Prey 2002
  • Sheila/FILSS, Freelancer Integrated Logistics and Security System, pronounced "Phyllis", the mainframe for Project Freelancer from the hit machinima Red vs Blue 2003
  • OoGhiJ MIQtxxXA supposedly Klingon for "superior galactic intelligence", from the "Super Computer" episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force 2003
  • XANA, a multi-agent program capable of wreaking havoc on Earth by activating towers in the virtual world of Lyoko, from the French animated series Code Lyoko 2003
  • Survive, an AI taking care of the whole Planet Environment and the main antagonist in the Uninhabited Planet Survive! series 2003
  • CARR, a spoof of KITT from the Knight Rider series, is an AMC Pacer in the cartoon Stroker and Hoop 2004
  • DAVE Digitally Advanced Villain Emulator, a robotic computer that is a composite of all the Batman villains' personalities, from the animated television series The Batman 2004
  • The Omnitrix, from the Ben 10 series 2005
  • Solty/Dike, the main protagonist of Solty Rei 2005
  • Eunomia, the main supercomputer of the city in the anime series Solty Rei and one of the three core computers brought by the first colonists in the story She controls the water and energy supply and created the RUC central 2005
  • Eirene, the third of the three core computers of the first colonists in the Solty Rei anime Eirene takes the decisions and controls the migration ship, she orbited and supervised the planet during 200 years in the space In the last arc of the story, Eirene appears like the ultimate antagonist, and she had lost her own control, trying to collide the ship against the city and to prove that she is still in control She was guilty of several events in history, as the Blast Fall and the Aurora Shell 2005
  • Bournemouth, from the TV series Look Around You, is claimed by his maker Computer Jones to be the most powerful computer in existence In his only appearance, the episode "Computers", he is tasked with escaping from a cage, and succeeds in doing so 2005
  • Scylla, from the TV show Prison Break 2005
  • The FETCH! 3000, on PBS Kids series FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, is capable of tabulating scores, disposing of annoying cats, blending the occasional smoothie, and anything else Ruff needs it to do 2006
  • SARAH Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat, in the TV series Eureka 2006 SARAH is a modified version of a Cold War era BRAD Battle Reactive Automatic Defense
  • The Intersect, from the TV show Chuck 2007
  • Mr Smith, from the Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures 2007
  • Pear, an operating system and product line of computers and mobile devices including the iPear, PearBook and PearPhone, similar to Apple's iMac, MacBook and iPhone; from iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh and other Dan Schneider created TV shows 2007
  • The Turk, a chess playing computer named after The Turk from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles This supercomputer subsequently becomes the 'brain' of the sentient computer John Henry 2008
  • KITT Knight Industries Three Thousand, a computer built into a car from the 2008 television show Knight Rider, a sequel series that follows the 1982 TV series of the same title
  • POD Personal Overhaul Device, from the TV series Snog Marry Avoid 2008
  • The ISIS computer from Archer It is unclear if this is the actual name of the computer, but it is often referred to as "the ISIS computer" or just "ISIS" 2009
  • Venjix Virus, from Power Rangers RPM 2009

2010s

  • VY or VAI The Virtual Artificial Intelligence, from the TV show The Walking Dead 2010
  • Whisper, from the TV show Tower Prep 2010
  • Aya, the Interceptor's AI for the Green Lantern Corps, from the TV series Green Lantern TAS 2011
  • The Machine and Samaritan, surveillance supercomputers created to help the government prevent terrorist attacks, from the TV series Person of Interest 2011
  • The Machine, from the TV series Person of Interest, is a computer program that was designed to detect acts of terror after the events of 9/11, but it sees all crimes, crimes the government consider "irrelevant" 2011
  • Samaritan, from the TV series Person of Interest, is a rival to The Machine built by the Decima Corporation Unlike the Machine, it can be directed to find specific persons or groups according to its operator's agenda 2011
  • An unnamed, apparently omniscient supercomputer, built by Phineas and Ferb in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Ask a Foolish Question" 2011
  • Comedy Touch Touch 1000 in the TV series Comedy Bang! Bang! 2012
  • CLARKE, a thinking computer of the ship called Argo, which was on a mission to a far away planet, from the L5 pilot episode 2012
  • The Man, from Teen Titans Go! 2013
  • TAALR, in the TV series Extant 2014
  • Stella, an AI that runs most of the functions on the ship Stellosphere in the TV series Miles from Tomorrowland 2015
  • Overmind, in the TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2015

Comics/graphic novels

Before 1980

  • Orak, ruler of the Phants in the Dan Dare story "Rogue Planet" 1955
  • Brainiac, an enemy of Superman, sometimes depicted as a humanoid computer 1958 DC Comics
  • Batcomputer, the computer system used by Batman and housed in the Batcave 1964 DC Comics
  • Cerebro and Cerebra, the computer used by Professor Charles Xavier to detect new mutants 1964 Marvel Comics
  • Computo, the computer created by Brainiac 5 as an assistant, which becomes homicidal and attempts an uprising of machines 1966 DC Comics
  • Ultron, AI originally created by Dr Henry Pym to assist the superpowered team the Avengers, but Ultron later determined that mankind was inferior to its intellect and wanted to eradicate all mankind so that machines could rule the Earth Ultron created various versions of itself as a mobile unit with tank treads and then in a form that was half humanoid and half aircraft, and then it fully evolved itself into an android form 1968 Marvel Comics
  • Mother Box, from Jack Kirby's Fourth World comics 1970–1973 DC Comics

1980s

  • Fate, the Norsefire police state central computer in V for Vendetta 1982 DC Comics
  • Banana, Jr 6000, from the comic strip Bloom County by Berke Breathed 1984
  • Max, from The Thirteenth Floor 1984
  • AIDA Artificial Intelligence Data Analyser, from Squadron Supreme 1985 Marvel Comics
  • Kilg%re, an alien AI that can exist in most electrical circuitry, from The Flash 1987 DC Comics
  • iFruit, an iMac joke in the comic FoxTrot 1988
  • Project 2501, aka "The Puppet Master", a government computer that becomes so knowledgeable it becomes sentient and transplants itself into a robot, from the seinen manga Ghost in the Shell 1989
  • Yggdrasil, the system used by the gods to run the Universe in Oh My Goddess! 1989

1990s

  • DTX PC, the Digitronix personal computer from The Hacker Files 1992 DC Comics
  • Beast666, Satsuki Yatouji's organic/inorganic supercomputer in Clamp's manga X 1992
  • HOMER Heuristically Operative Matrix Emulation Rostrum, Tony Stark's sentient AI computer from Iron Man 1993 Marvel Comics
  • The Magi, from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion 1995
  • Toy, from Chris Claremont's Aliens vs Predator: The Deadliest of the Species 1995
  • Virgo, an artificial intelligence in Frank Miller's Ronin graphic novel 1995 DC Comics
  • Praetorius, from The X-Files comic book series "One Player Only" 1996
  • Erwin, the AI from the comic strip User Friendly 1997
  • AIMA Artificially Intelligent Mainframe Interface, from Dark Minds 1997
  • Answertron 2000, from Penny Arcade, first comic appearance 1998

2000s

  • Ennesby, Lunesby, Petey, TAG, the Athens, and many others from Schlock Mercenary 2000
  • Melchizedek, center of quantum-based grid computer of the Earth government in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order 2000 It has served as a government system and virtual dream world of people It was designed to be named Melchizedek because the Earth government is a space town named Yeru and Zalem original name
  • Merlin, quantum computer which is the core and original of Melchizedek It was built for the purpose of future prediction Currently it still an active program inside Melchizedek, along with many systems which are named for legends of the round table From Battle Angel Alita: Last Order 2000
  • Normad, a missile's artificial intelligence placed within a pink, stuffed, tanuki-like doll, created to destroy a sentient giant die in space named Kyutaro, from the series Galaxy Angel 2001
  • Aura, the ultimate AI that governs The World from hack//Legend of the Twilight The story revolves around Zefie, Aura's daughter, and Lycoris makes a cameo 2002
  • Tree Diagram, from the light novel series A Certain Magical Index and its related works, such as the spin-off comic A Certain Scientific Railgun and the animes and games based on them 2003
  • Europa, a Cray-designed AI supercomputer used for research and worldwide hacking by the Event Group in author David Lynn Golemon's Event Group book series 2006

Computer and video games

1980s

  • Benson, the sardonic 9th generation PC from the video game Mercenary and its sequels 1985
  • PRISM, the "world's first sentient machine" which you play as the protagonist of the game A Mind Forever Voyaging by Steve Meretzky published by Infocom 1985
  • Mother Brain, from Metroid 1986
  • GW, designed to control all of the world's media, from the video game series Metal Gear 1987
  • Mother Brain, from Phantasy Star II 1989

1990s

  • Noah, antagonist from Metal Max and its remake 1991-1995
  • Durandal, Leela and Tyco, the three AIs on board the UESC Marathon 1994
  • Traxus IV, AI that went rampant on Mars, in Marathon 1994
  • LINC, from the video game Beneath a Steel Sky 1994
  • 0D-10, AI computer in the sci-fi chapter from the game Live A Live It secretly plotted to kill humans on board the spaceship of the same name in order to "restore the harmony" Its name derives from "odio", Latin for "hate" A possible reference to HAL 9000 1994
  • Prometheus, a cybernetic-hybrid machine or 'Cybrid' from the Earthsiege and Starsiege: Tribes series of video games Prometheus was the first of a race of Cybrid machines, who went on to rebel against humanity and drive them to the brink of extinction 1994
  • SEED, the AI that was charged with maintaining the vast network of ecosystem control stations on the planet Motavia in the Sega Genesis game Phantasy Star IV 1994
  • AM, the computer intelligence from I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream 1995 that exterminated all life on Earth except for five humans he kept alive for him to torture for all of eternity He is based on the character from Harlan Ellison's short story of the same title His name originally stood for "Allied Mastercomputer", then "Adaptive Manipulator" and finally "Aggressive Menace", upon becoming self-aware
  • CABAL Computer Assisted Biologically Augmented Lifeform, the computer of Nod in the Westwood Studios creations: Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun; Command and Conquer: Renegade; and by implication, Command and Conquer: Tiberian Dawn 1995
  • EVA, Electronic Video Agent, an AI console interface, and more benign equivalent of the Brotherhood of Nod CABAL in Command & Conquer see above 1995
  • KAOS, the antagonist computer from the game Red Alarm 1995
  • Mother Brain, from Chrono Trigger, a supercomputer from the 2300 AD time period that is controlling robotkind and exterminating humans 1995
  • The Xenocidic Initiative, a computer that has built itself over a moon in Terminal Velocity 1995
  • PC, computer used in the Pokémon franchise used to store pokémon 1996
  • Pokedex, database of all Pokémon appears in all versions of the game, usually as a desktop computer 1996 onwards
  • Central consciousness, massive governing body from the video game Total Annihilation 1997
  • GOLAN, the computer in charge of the United Civilized States' defense forces in the Earth 2140 game series A programming error caused GOLAN to initiate hostile action against the rival Eurasian Dynasty, sparking a devastating war 1997
  • PipBoy 2000 / PipBoy 3000, wrist-mounted computers used by main characters in the Fallout series 1997
  • Sol — 9000 and System Deus, from Xenogears 1998
  • FATE, the supercomputer that directs the course of human existence from Chrono Cross 1999
  • NEXUS Intruder Program, the main enemy faced in the third campaign of the video game Warzone 2100 It is capable of infiltrating and gaining control of other computer systems, apparently sentient thought mostly malicious and strategy It was the perpetrator that brought about the Collapse 1999
  • SHODAN, the enemy of the player's character in the System Shock video game 1994 and its sequel System Shock 2 1999
  • XERXES, the ship computer system which is under the control of The Many in the video game System Shock 2 1999

2000s

  • Icarus, Daedalus, Helios, Morpheus and The Oracle of Deus Ex — see Deus Ex characters 2000
  • Mainframe, from Gunman Chronicles later got a body 2000
  • 343 Guilty Spark, monitor of Installation 04, in the video game trilogy Halo, Halo 2, and Halo 3 2001
  • Calculator, the computer that controlled the bomb shelter Vault 0 It was not strictly an artificial intelligence, but rather a cyborg, because it was connected with several human brains It appeared in the video game Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel 2001
  • Cortana, a starship-grade "smart" AI of the UNSC in the Halo video games 2001 also the inspiration for the name of Microsoft's real-world personal assistant in Windows 10
  • Deadly Brain, a level boss on the second level of Oni 2001
  • The mascot of the "Hectic Hackers" basketball team in Backyard Basketball 2001
  • PETs PErsonal Terminals, the cell-phone-sized computers that store Net-Navis in Megaman Battle Network The PETs also have other features, such as a cell phone, e-mail checker and hacking device 2001
  • Thiefnet computer, Bentley the turtle's laptop from the Sly Cooper series 2002
  • Adam, the computer intelligence from the Game Boy Advance game Metroid Fusion 2002
  • Aura and Morganna, from the hack series, the Phases that serve Morganna, and the Net Slum AIs 2002
  • Dr Carroll, from the Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark 2002
  • The Controller, an IA that dictates virtually everything in the world "Layered", from Armored Core 3 2002
  • ADA, from the video games Zone of the Enders 2001 and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner 2003
  • IBIS, the malevolent AI found within the second Layered, within the game Silent Line: Armored Core 2003
  • 2401 Penitent Tangent, monitor of Delta Halo in Halo 2 2004
  • Angel original Japanese name was "Tenshi", artificial intelligence of the alien cruiser Angelwing in the game Nexus: The Jupiter Incident 2004
  • Durga/Melissa/Yasmine, the shipboard AI of the UNSC Apocalypso in the Alternate Reality Game I Love Bees promotional game for the Halo 2 video game 2004
  • The Mechanoids, a race of fictional artificial intelligences from the game Nexus: The Jupiter Incident who rebelled against their creators and seek to remake the universe to fit their needs 2004
  • TEC-XX, the main computer in the X-naut Fortress in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door 2004
  • TemperNet, is a machine hive-mind, originally created as an anti-mutant police force It eventually went rogue and pursued the eradication of all biological life on Earth It served as a minor antagonist in the now defunct post-apocalyptic vehicular MMORPG Auto Assault 2006
  • Animus, the computer system used to recover memories from the ancestors of an individual in the video game series Assassins Creed 2007
  • Aurora Unit, biological/mechanical computers distributed throughout the galaxy in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption 2007
  • The Catalyst, an ancient AI that serves as the architect and overseer of the Reapers the antagonists of Mass Effect Also known as the Intelligence to its creators, the Leviathans, it was originally created to oversee relationships between organic and synthetic life as a whole, but came to realize that so long as they remained separate organics and synthetics would seek to destroy each other in the long term To prevent this, it sets into motion the Cycle of Extinction until a perfect solution can be found, which takes its form in the "Synthesis" ending of Mass Effect 3 wherein all organic and synthetic life across the galaxy is fused into an entirely new form of life with the strengths of both but the weaknesses of neither 2007
  • GLaDOS Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, AI at the Aperture Science Enrichment Center in Portal and Portal 2 Known for killing almost everyone in the Enrichment Center, and her love of cake 2007
  • IRIS, the super computer in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction on the Kreeli comet 2007
  • Mendicant Bias, an intelligence-gathering AI created by the extinct Forerunner race during their war with the all-consuming Flood parasite, as revealed in Halo 3 Its purpose was to observe the Flood in order to determine the best way to defeat it, but the AI turned on its creators after deciding that the Flood's ultimate victory was in-line with natural order 2007
  • Offensive Bias, a military AI created by the Forerunners to hold off the combined threat of the Flood and Mendicant Bias until the Halo superweapons could be activated Halo 3 2007
  • QAI, an AI created by Gustaf Brackman in Supreme Commander, serves as a military advisor for the Cybran nation and as one of the villains in Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance 2007
  • Sovereign, the given name for the main antagonist of Mass Effect Its true name, as revealed by a squad member in the sequel, is "Nazara" Though it speaks as though of one mind, it claims to be in and of itself "a nation, free of all weakness", suggesting that it houses multiple consciousnesses It belongs to an ancient race bent on the cyclic extinction of all sentient life in the galaxy, known as the Reapers 2007
  • John Henry Eden, AI and self-proclaimed President of the United States in Fallout 3 2008
  • LEGION Logarithmically Engineered Governing Intelligence Of Nod, appeared in Command and Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath; this AI was created as the successor to the Brotherhood of Nod's previous AI, CABAL 2008
  • CL4P-TP, a small robot AI assistant with an attitude and possibly ninja training, commonly referred to as "Clap Trap", from the game Borderlands 2009
  • The Guardian Angel, the satellite/AI guiding the player in Borderlands 2009

2010s

  • Auntie Dot, used in Halo: Reach 2010; Cortana's predecessor in the Halo franchise
  • EDI Enhanced Defense Intelligence, the AI housed within a "quantum bluebox" aboard the Normandy SR-2 in Mass Effect 2 EDI controls the Normandy's cyberwarfare suite during combat, but is blocked from directly accessing any other part of the ship's systems, due to the potential danger of EDI going rogue 2010
  • Harbinger, is the tentative name for the leader of the main antagonist faction of Mass Effect 2 It commands an alien race known as the Collectors through the "Collector General" Like Sovereign, from the original Mass Effect, it belongs to the same race of ancient sentient machines, known as the "Reapers" 2010
  • Harmonia, the DarkStar One's main AI that controls the player ship's systems in the space-sim game DarkStar One 2010
  • Legion, the given name for a geth platform in Mass Effect 2, housing a single gestalt consciousness composed of 1,183 virtually intelligent "runtimes", which share information amongst themselves and build "consensus" in a form of networked artificial intelligence Legion claims that all geth are pieces of a "shattered mind", and that the primary goal of the geth race is to unify all runtimes in a single piece of hardware 2010
  • The Thinker Rapture Operational Data Interpreter Network -RODIN-, the mainframe computer invented to process all of the automation in the underwater city of Rapture, in the single-player DLC for BioShock 2: Minerva's Den 2010
  • Yes Man, an AI computer in Fallout New Vegas 2010
  • Eliza Cassan, the mysterious news reporter from Deus Ex: Human Revolution It is later revealed that she is an extremely sophisticated, self-aware artificial intelligence 2011
  • ADA A Detection Algorithm, from Google's ARG Ingress 2012
  • DCPU-16, the popular 16bit computer in the 0x10c universe 2012
  • MIKE Memetic Installation Keeper Engine, from Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl 2013
  • ctOS central Operating System, a mainframe computer in Watch Dogs that the player is capable of hacking into 2014
  • Rasputin, An AI "warmind" created for the purpose of defending the Earth from any hostile threats in the video game Destiny 2014
  • XANADU, a simulation computer composed of many smaller computers, stored in an underground cavern in Act III of the video game Kentucky Route Zero 2014
  • TIS-100 Tessellated Intelligence System, a fictional mysterious computer from the early 1980s that carries cryptic messages from unknown author, from the game TIS-100 2015

Board games and role-playing games

  • ARCHIE Three, the supercomputer that arose from the ashes of nuclear war to become a major player in the events of Palladium Books' Rifts
  • The Autochthon, the extradimensional AI which secretly control Iteration X, in White Wolf Publishing's Mage: The Ascension
  • The Computer, from West End Games' Paranoia role-playing game
  • Crime Computer, from the Milton Bradley Manhunter board game
  • Deus, the malevolent AI built by Renraku from Shadowrun role-playing game who took over the Renraku Arcology before escaping into the Matrix
  • Mirage, the oldest AI from Shadowrun, built to assist the US military in combating the original Crash Virus in 2029
  • Megara, a sophisticated program built by Renraku in Shadowrun, who achieved sentience after falling in love with a hacker
  • Omega Virus, microscopic nano-phages that build a singular intelligence foreign AI in the Battlestat1 computer core and take over the space station in the board game by Milton Bradley
  • Zoneminds, a collection of malevolent AIs that have enslaved humanity in the GURPS "Reign of Steel" campaign setting

Unsorted works

  • Walter, navigating computer from Amrakus's A Space Rock Opera
  • The CENTRAL SCRUTINIZER, narrator from Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage
  • Tandy 400, Compy 386, Lappy 486, Compé, and Lappier, Strong Bad's computers in Homestar Runner Tandy is a real company, but never produced a 400 model
  • Hyper Hegel, an extremely slow computer run with burning wood in monochrom's Soviet Unterzoegersdorf universe
  • mr_hopkinson's computer, a singing computer that performs musical shows
  • AJGLU 2000 Archie Joke Generating Laugh Unit, a running-gag from the Comics Curmudgeon, depicting a computer who does not quite understand human humor, but nonetheless is employed to write the jokes for the Archie Comics strip
  • CADIE Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity, from Google's 2009 April Fools Story

Computers as robots

  • Norman, the "CPU" of all the robots in the Star Trek TOS episode "I, Mudd"

Also see the List of fictional robots and androids for all fictional computers which are described as existing in a mobile or humanlike form

See also

  • Artificial intelligence in fiction
  • List of films about computers
  • Sentient computers

References

  1. ^ Eric A Weiss 1985 "Jonathan Swift's Computing Invention" IEEE Retrieved 2010-01-26 In 1726 Jonathan Swift published a description of a wonderful machine, made of equal parts of  
  2. ^ Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka 1984 Warday p 430 
  3. ^ http://wwwmindwarthesingularitycom
  4. ^ https://wwwsmashwordscom/profile/view/darkmatter;
  5. ^ "Smashwords – Whispering Crates – a book by Paul Nash" Smashwordscom 2012-12-15 Retrieved 2014-08-16 
  6. ^ The Tower at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ The Return Of The Living Dead at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ Templer, Chapman December 20, 2012 "5 Ways 'Inspector Gadget' Totally Predicted the Future" Cracked 
  9. ^ The Tower 1993 TV at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "Ocean Girl" 1994 at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ "Famous Pacers in Television Shows" panhorstnet Retrieved 2010-11-17 
  12. ^ "Bournemouth Character" IMDb 
  13. ^ "l5-seriescom" l5-seriescom Retrieved 2014-08-16 
  14. ^ "Move over, Hell!" Penny Arcade Retrieved 2014-08-16 
  15. ^ "Niantic Project" Retrieved January 27, 2013 
  16. ^ "CADIE: Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity" Googlecom 2009-03-31 Retrieved 2014-08-16 

External links

  • Robots in Movies – Over 600 movies with robots, sndroids, cyborgs and AI
  • Robots on TV – Over 300 TV series with robots, androids, cyborgs and AI
  • Computers in Fiction at newarkrutgersedu
  • http://wwwcomputerorg/intelligent/homepage/x2hishtm
  • http://technicitynet/articles/writing_the_futurehtm
  • http://sunsociniuedu/~rslade/mnbkfchtm – A large set of reviews of fiction that bears on computers in some aspect
  • List of computer names in science fiction – also includes androids, robots and aliens
  • Robot Hall of Fame at CMU – with fictional inductees HAL-9000 and R2-D2
  • Jokes about computers in science fiction

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