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14th May '17 4:31:18 PM nombretomado
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* Similar to the Aliens example above is the Mana Cannon of VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia and VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia, which is rediscovered, on average, every two thousand years or so, and every time it is rediscovered, it either wipes out the civilization that rediscovered it, or fails miserably, coming ''dangerously close'' to wiping out the civilization that rediscovered it. Its a weapon that makes nukes look safe, with what seems like a ninety percent chance of backfiring horribly... but think of the military potential such a powerful WaveMotionGun has!
* Twice in TraumaCenter. In Under the Knife 2, a medical researcher realizes that while incredibly deadly, GUILT creates some amusing reactions in people before it becomes active. Sure, there's that whole problem that barring mutations that exist in a very small portion of the populace, GUILT will eventually brutally murder the host, but all that's needed is a way to manipulate the GUILT so that it won't harm anyone, regardless of whether they're a natural host or not. [[spoiler: They fail. But it's not like anyone couldn't see that one coming, given the whole series is about operating on such super-parasites.]]

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* Similar to the Aliens example above is the Mana Cannon of VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia, ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', which is rediscovered, on average, every two thousand years or so, and every time it is rediscovered, it either wipes out the civilization that rediscovered it, or fails miserably, coming ''dangerously close'' to wiping out the civilization that rediscovered it. Its a weapon that makes nukes look safe, with what seems like a ninety percent chance of backfiring horribly... but think of the military potential such a powerful WaveMotionGun has!
* Twice in TraumaCenter. ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter''. In Under ''Under the Knife 2, 2'', a medical researcher realizes that while incredibly deadly, GUILT creates some amusing reactions in people before it becomes active. Sure, there's that whole problem that barring mutations that exist in a very small portion of the populace, GUILT will eventually brutally murder the host, but all that's needed is a way to manipulate the GUILT so that it won't harm anyone, regardless of whether they're a natural host or not. [[spoiler: They fail. But it's not like anyone couldn't see that one coming, given the whole series is about operating on such super-parasites.]]
20th Apr '17 12:59:52 PM OlmoJV
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* ''FanFic/TheVow'': During the StartOfDarkness section of [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]], he accidentally creates explosive powder. Further experimenting on it gives him the idea of weaponizing it with his firework shooters as a way to proof his worth to the world and mark himself in history books. When Shen's fiancée Lady Lianne inquires what he is experimenting on so obsessively, he attempts to explain his invention's productive potentials to avoid scaring her, only to get carried on with his invention's potential in conquest. Shocked by this, Lianne tells this to Shen's parents, making them worried about how their son is taking their firework invention to directions they've sworn never to explore. It leads them to consult [[CourtMage the Soothsayer]] who foretells TheProphecy [[FromBadToWorse that Shen overhears]].
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8th Jan '17 2:47:31 PM nombretomado
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* In ''UltimateMarvel'', this is a huge [[GenreBlind genre blind-spot]] for Nick Fury, who is normally quite TheChessmaster. This is the main [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for JokerImmunity in ''UltimateMarvel'' - Nick Fury wants to keep super-freaks alive so he can study them and keep the United States in the lead in the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke superhuman arms race]].

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* In ''UltimateMarvel'', ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'', this is a huge [[GenreBlind genre blind-spot]] for Nick Fury, who is normally quite TheChessmaster. This is the main [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for JokerImmunity in ''UltimateMarvel'' ''Ultimate Marvel'' - Nick Fury wants to keep super-freaks alive so he can study them and keep the United States in the lead in the [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke superhuman arms race]].
4th Jan '17 6:40:55 PM Eddy1215
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* In the 3-part episode of WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, "World's Finest," [[Franchise/{{Batman}} [=WayneTech=]]] and [[ComicBook/LexLuthor [=LexCorp=]]] have a joint contract to build unmanned exploration drones. Luthor tries to sell Wayne on this -- to the point of bringing him to a room filled with modified versions outfitted for military applications. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] absolutely refuses, and becomes the TropeNamer for DoesntLikeGuns.

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* In the 3-part episode of WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries, ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', "World's Finest," [[Franchise/{{Batman}} [=WayneTech=]]] and [[ComicBook/LexLuthor [=LexCorp=]]] have a joint contract to build unmanned exploration drones. Luthor tries to sell Wayne on this -- to the point of bringing him to a room filled with modified versions outfitted for military applications. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] absolutely refuses, and becomes the TropeNamer for DoesntLikeGuns.
28th Nov '16 5:11:16 PM N1KF
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* In various ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' continuities, Dr. Connors is convinced that his new invention can regrow lost limbs--but mostly it just turns people into megalomaniacal giant lizards. Often, Spidey must convince Dr. Connors his technology is too dangerous to save the day. Other times, he just beats the crap out of him.

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* In various ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' continuities, Dr. Connors is convinced that his new invention can regrow lost limbs--but mostly it just turns people into megalomaniacal giant lizards. Often, Spidey must convince Dr. Connors his technology is too dangerous to save the day. Other times, he just beats the crap out of him.
26th Oct '16 4:50:36 PM FordPrefect
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** Understanding how something works also provides a how-to guide (real or assumed) for destroying or exploiting it if the knowledge is made public. While the information itself is not inherently bad it can give... ''ideas'' to less scrupulous people who would otherwise have not bothered. Scientists tend to respond to this by pointing out that we're not exactly short on methods of destroying or exploiting the world already.

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** Understanding how something works also provides a how-to guide (real or assumed) for destroying or exploiting it if the knowledge is made public. While the information itself is not inherently bad bad, it can give... ''ideas'' to less scrupulous people who would otherwise have not bothered. Scientists tend to respond to this by pointing out that we're not exactly short on methods of destroying or exploiting the world already.
26th Oct '16 4:49:35 PM FordPrefect
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* Craig Venter's work to create a synthetic lifeform. When asked in an interview, he said that he believed everything would be made by synthetic microbes in the future, so at least he's thinking ahead to that extent. It could be [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]], or itcould be [[ApocalypseHow awful]]. He's treading ''really'' carefully.

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* Craig Venter's work to create a synthetic lifeform. When asked in an interview, he said that he believed everything would be made by synthetic microbes in the future, so at least he's thinking ahead to that extent. It could be [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]], or itcould it could be [[ApocalypseHow awful]]. He's treading ''really'' carefully.
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.]]
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