I've done some Googling but been unable to find out much about GERTY's name. My questions are:

  1. What does GERTY stand for (assuming it is an acronym)?
  2. (If, as it seems, GERTY does not stand for anything) where does the name come from?
  • A state of the art robot, a GERTY 3000 -- known simply as “GERTY” -- is preparing Sam’s breakfast. - Screenplay
    – Valorum
    May 26, 2022 at 10:58

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The AI in the station was a "GERTY 3000L ROBOTIC ASSIST" as you can see in the screenshot below. The parallels with HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey are pretty obvious.

front of GERTY

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    Sure, there are parallels with the HAL9000. But I don't think this answers my question about GERTY's name. May 1, 2014 at 8:18
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    The spacing around the name in this picture suggests that it originally may be longer, like QWERTY
    – oɔɯǝɹ
    May 4, 2014 at 8:02

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