History Main / JustThinkOfThePotential

3rd Sep '16 4:12:36 PM Jhonny
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* Zig-zagged with nuclear physics. Contrary to popular belief, it's actually ''really'' difficult and expensive to turn a nuclear power plant into a source of weapons-grade fissionable materials, so a nuclear energy program is not an automatic ready supply of nuclear warheads. Some of the early pioneers in the field of nuclear physics, conducting their work purely with the intent to broaden human understanding of the nature of the universe without much expectation of a practical application at all, might however have felt this way when they realised what they were capable of doing with the unique properties of certain atomic elements.

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* Zig-zagged with nuclear physics. Contrary to popular belief, it's actually ''really'' difficult not as easy and expensive cheap as you might think to turn a nuclear power plant into a source of weapons-grade fissionable materials, so a nuclear energy program is not an automatic ready supply of nuclear warheads. However, Uranium enrichment turbines can simply be run longer to create weapons grade Uranium (there ''are'' reactors that operate on non-enriched Uranium eliminating that concern) and some designs of reactor naturally produce weapons grade Plutonium. In general the simple equation "reactor = energy + bomb fuel" is vastly oversimplified and most reactors that are particularly good at one thing are bad at the other. Some of the early pioneers in the field of nuclear physics, conducting their work purely with the intent to broaden human understanding of the nature of the universe without much expectation of a practical application at all, might however have felt this way when they realised realized what they were capable of doing with the unique properties of certain atomic elements.
11th Aug '16 8:09:35 PM PaulA
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* Subverted in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Ethan of Athos]]'', when the title character meets a runaway [[PsychicPowers telepath]] fleeing a black ops clean-up crew. Said telepath, who has been bred for applications in espionage and interrogation, is astonished when the first thing through Dr. Ethan Urquhart's head is how wonderful such an ability would be when dealing with pre/non-verbal patients. Ethan effectively explains that what the average person answers when asked "What are the potential implications of this new ability/technology?" is "What would ''I'' do if I had this new ability/technology?"

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* Subverted in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Ethan of Athos]]'', ''Literature/EthanOfAthos'', when the title character meets a runaway [[PsychicPowers telepath]] fleeing a black ops clean-up crew. Said telepath, who has been bred for applications in espionage and interrogation, is astonished when the first thing through Dr. Ethan Urquhart's head is how wonderful such an ability would be when dealing with pre/non-verbal patients. Ethan effectively explains that what the average person answers when asked "What are the potential implications of this new ability/technology?" is "What would ''I'' do if I had this new ability/technology?"
1st Aug '16 6:49:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* AquaTeenHungerForce: Shake and Meatwad use Frylock's MatterReplicator to counterfeit dollar bills. Frylock kicks them out of his lab for using it so irresponsibly, then realizes he could use the machine to feed the world... [[HypocriticalHumor by continuing to counterfeit money with it and buying a restaurant chain.]]

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* AquaTeenHungerForce: ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'': Shake and Meatwad use Frylock's MatterReplicator to counterfeit dollar bills. Frylock kicks them out of his lab for using it so irresponsibly, then realizes he could use the machine to feed the world... [[HypocriticalHumor by continuing to counterfeit money with it and buying a restaurant chain.]]
9th Jul '16 5:37:06 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* On a related note to the music section, Dr. Light thought long and hard about the potential of his last creation, VideoGame/MegaManX, and sealed him away in a capsule to be awoken in the future. The reasons vary between the original SNES title and the PSP remake. The original states it was to run a 30-year diagnostic to ensure X wouldn't go berserk, Dr. Light having seen [[VideoGame/MegaMan such events]] [[GenreSavvy many times.]] The remake rewrites this, as per the creator's original plan, to where X is already safe, but Dr. Light feels that humanity [[YouAreNotReady isn't mature enough]] to handle someone like X. Dr. Light avoided this trope, now Dr. Cain on the other hand...

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* On a related note to the music section, Dr. Light thought long and hard about the potential of his last creation, VideoGame/MegaManX, and sealed him away in a capsule to be awoken in the future. The reasons vary between [[VideoGame/MegaManX1 the original SNES title title]] and [[VideoGame/MegaManMaverickHunterX the PSP remake.remake]]. The original states it was to run a 30-year diagnostic to ensure X wouldn't go berserk, Dr. Light having seen [[VideoGame/MegaMan [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic such events]] [[GenreSavvy many times.]] The remake rewrites this, as per the creator's original plan, to where X is already safe, but Dr. Light feels that humanity [[YouAreNotReady isn't mature enough]] to handle someone like X. Dr. Light avoided this trope, now Dr. Cain on the other hand...
28th Jun '16 4:16:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Ethan of Athos]]'', when the title character meets a runaway [[PsychicPowers telepath]] fleeing a black ops clean-up crew. Said telepath, who has been bred for applications in espionage and interrogation, is astonished when the first thing through Dr. Ethan Urquhart's head is how wonderful such an ability would be when dealing with pre/non-verbal patients. Ethan effectively explains that what the average person answers when asked "What are the potential implications of this new ability/technology?" is "What would ''I'' do if I had this new ability/technology?"

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* Subverted in LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Ethan of Athos]]'', when the title character meets a runaway [[PsychicPowers telepath]] fleeing a black ops clean-up crew. Said telepath, who has been bred for applications in espionage and interrogation, is astonished when the first thing through Dr. Ethan Urquhart's head is how wonderful such an ability would be when dealing with pre/non-verbal patients. Ethan effectively explains that what the average person answers when asked "What are the potential implications of this new ability/technology?" is "What would ''I'' do if I had this new ability/technology?"



* Even though it causes [[spoiler: the deaths of two people]] the titular character of TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling still canít help but see the potential applications of his disintegrator gun.

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* Even though it causes [[spoiler: the deaths of two people]] the titular character of TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfProfessorJackBaling'' still canít help but see the potential applications of his disintegrator gun.
18th Jun '16 4:32:03 AM jormis29
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* In the ''TableTop/MagicTheGathering'' universe, we have the Simic Combine from the plane of Ravnica. Combining blue's thirst for knowledge and green's love for life, they strive to create new species and predators with [[MixAndMatchCreatures transmutation magic and splicing DNA of various creatures together]]. Also goes in hand with WellIntentionedExtremist.

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* In the ''TableTop/MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' universe, we have the Simic Combine from the plane of Ravnica. Combining blue's thirst for knowledge and green's love for life, they strive to create new species and predators with [[MixAndMatchCreatures transmutation magic and splicing DNA of various creatures together]]. Also goes in hand with WellIntentionedExtremist.
30th May '16 6:38:34 PM eroock
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Potential Applications is a trope often used to justify the existence of a dangerous situation and/or provide motivation for a disinterested antagonist, such as a corporation.

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Just Think of the Potential Applications is a trope often used to justify the existence of a dangerous situation and/or provide motivation for a disinterested antagonist, such as a corporation.
28th May '16 7:01:28 PM Sharlee
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A character or characters with vision, sometimes representing a large organization, encounters a new, esoteric technology, and suddenly realizes all the Potential Applications it could be put to. The technology can come in any form--maybe a MadScientist just constructed a group of RidiculouslyHumanRobots, maybe astronauts have brought back a BlackBox filled with ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, or maybe biologists from an AnimalWrongsGroup have just discovered {{Killer Rabbit}}s in the Amazon.

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A character or characters with vision, sometimes representing a large organization, encounters a new, esoteric technology, and suddenly realizes all the Potential Applications it could be put to. The technology can come in any form--maybe a MadScientist just constructed a group of RidiculouslyHumanRobots, maybe astronauts have brought back a BlackBox filled with ImportedAlienPhlebotinum, maybe genetics researchers have dreams of MainliningTheMonster they've just spliced up in a lab, or maybe biologists from an AnimalWrongsGroup have just discovered {{Killer Rabbit}}s in the Amazon.
5th May '16 4:20:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ceciel rants about this in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' when she reveals her research to give humans magic. She talks about how many people it would help if she gave healers magic. Michael thinks of how many people it would harm if criminals got her research.

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* Ceciel rants about this in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' when she reveals her research to give humans magic. She talks about how many people it would help if she gave healers magic. Michael thinks of how many people it would harm if criminals got her research.
11th Apr '16 4:43:07 PM Bugfragged
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* ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'': The BigBad, [[spoiler:Khaos]], wants to use the powers of time and space to destroy the world and rebuild it to its state from 10 years ago in order to change his past for the better. When the protagonists reject [[WeCanRuleTogether his offer to share this power and fix their pasts]], he accuses them of not appreciating the plan's potential. Strangely, the game never brings up the possibility of failing to rebuild the world after destroying it.

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* ''VideoGame/NocturneRebirth'': The BigBad, [[spoiler:Khaos]], wants to use the powers of time and space to destroy the world and rebuild it to its state from 10 years ago in order to change his past for the better. When He offers to share this power with the protagonists by pointing out its potential to improve their pasts, such as undoing the ReformedButRejected protagonist's atrocities. Strangely, the protagonists reject [[WeCanRuleTogether his offer to share this power and fix their pasts]], he accuses them of the plan not appreciating the plan's potential. Strangely, for any potential danger (which the game never brings up the possibility of failing considers), but because they feel that it's wrong to rebuild the world after destroying it.reject their pasts and instead want to focus on their futures.
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