History Main / MachineWorship

9th Jun '17 3:26:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{Wildstorm}} Universe, the Church of Gort is a religion for cyborgs built on this very premise.

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* In the {{Wildstorm}} Creator/{{Wildstorm}} Universe, the Church of Gort is a religion for cyborgs built on this very premise.
17th Apr '17 2:42:34 PM Malady
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* The Construct Council in Creator/ChinaMieville'a ''PerdidoStreetStation''. A massive AI in a scrapyard with worshipers. However it still has to communicate through a dead body hooked up to it. [[spoiler: As they leave Isaac notes that for the spokesperson to work, they must have ''been alive'' when they were hooked up.]] Also in the gap between this and the sequels ''Literature/TheScar'' and ''Literature/IronCouncil'', there is a [[{{RobotWar}} purging of all constructs]] from the city for fear of what they could become.

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* The Construct Council in Creator/ChinaMieville'a ''PerdidoStreetStation''.''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''. A massive AI in a scrapyard with worshipers. However it still has to communicate through a dead body hooked up to it. [[spoiler: As they leave Isaac notes that for the spokesperson to work, they must have ''been alive'' when they were hooked up.]] Also in the gap between this and the sequels ''Literature/TheScar'' and ''Literature/IronCouncil'', there is a [[{{RobotWar}} purging of all constructs]] from the city for fear of what they could become.



* The Rix, of {{Scott Westerfeld}}'s ''TheRisenEmpire'', worship artificial intelligences, and slowly upgrade themselves, replacing organs, limbs and connective tissues.

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* The Rix, of {{Scott Westerfeld}}'s ''TheRisenEmpire'', Creator/ScottWesterfeld's ''Literature/TheRisenEmpire'', worship artificial intelligences, and slowly upgrade themselves, replacing organs, limbs and connective tissues.



* In Creator/FrederikPohl's ''Literature/HeecheeSaga'', the big bads have it in for organic life. They decide to spare humanity [[spoiler: when they encounter a human who had her mind transferred to a Heechee computer form, not to escape death, but BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO BE A COMPUTER INTELLIGENCE. To the big bads, this meant humans had potential.]]

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* In Creator/FrederikPohl's ''Literature/HeecheeSaga'', the big bads have it in for organic life. They decide to spare humanity [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when they encounter a human who had her mind transferred to a Heechee computer form, not to escape death, but BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO BE A COMPUTER INTELLIGENCE. To the big bads, this meant humans had potential.]]



* Played with in the first book of the original ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov, with the people of the Foundation playing to be machine priests to thrive among the ruins of what once was the Galactic Empire [[spoiler: A certain prince onboard an old Imperial battlecruiser discovers it the hard way]].
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheStarchildTrilogy''. No one actually ''worships'' the [[MasterComputer Planning Machine]], but the technicians who work most closely with it are expected to give up their former lives and devote themselves to the machine. When they enter training, they are called "acolytes", and once they graduate, they are given the title "Brother" or "Sister" (like monks or nuns), they recieve a neural implant called a "communion plate" in their foreheads, and they are given a set of sonic beads which they "tell" (like rosary beads) to communicate with the machine at a distance.
* In the sequel novel to ''[[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus]]'' by D. F. Jones, a group called the Sect that worships the computer that now rules humanity is gaining followers and influence.

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* Played with in the first book of the original ''{{Literature/Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov, with the people of the Foundation playing to be machine priests to thrive among the ruins of what once was the Galactic Empire [[spoiler: A certain prince onboard an old Imperial battlecruiser discovers it the hard way]].
* {{Subverted|Trope}} {{Subverted}} in ''Literature/TheStarchildTrilogy''. No one actually ''worships'' the [[MasterComputer Planning Machine]], but the technicians who work most closely with it are expected to give up their former lives and devote themselves to the machine. When they enter training, they are called "acolytes", and once they graduate, they are given the title "Brother" or "Sister" (like monks or nuns), they recieve a neural implant called a "communion plate" in their foreheads, and they are given a set of sonic beads which they "tell" (like rosary beads) to communicate with the machine at a distance.
* In the sequel novel to ''[[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus]]'' ''{{Film/Colossus|TheForbinProject}}'' by D. F. Jones, a group called the Sect that worships the computer that now rules humanity is gaining followers and influence.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'': A possible fate of Kai as said in ''The Snow Queen'':
--> given his turn of mind, he would have become a Clockwork Artificer, one of those repellant individuals who tried to reduce everything to a matter of gears and levers, and tried to [[ManInTheMachine imprison life itself inside metal simulacrums]]. While not usually dangerous to the public at large the way, say, the average necromancer was, Clockwork Artificers could cause a great deal of unhappiness—and in their zeal to recreate life itself, sometimes resorted to murder.



* The synthet of {{Etherlords}} live on land where plants welk and flesh withers, so instead, they seek to increase their perfection: "the presence of specially created synthetic elements in the body, to replace and supplement imperfect organic elements".

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* ''VideoGame/{{Etherlords}}'': The synthet of {{Etherlords}} live on land where plants welk walk and flesh withers, so instead, they seek to increase their perfection: "the presence of specially created synthetic elements in the body, to replace and supplement imperfect organic elements".



* The ''[[VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod After the End]]'' mod for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' has the Rust Cult, whose faith involves reverence of the technology of pre-Deluge America. Everyone can stumble upon a piece of technology that miraculously still works, but only Rust Cultists can make pilgrimages to search for artefacts of before the End.

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* The ''[[VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod After the End]]'' ''{{VideoGame/After The End|ACrusaderKingsIIMod}}'' mod for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKingsII'' has the Rust Cult, whose faith involves reverence of the technology of pre-Deluge America. Everyone can stumble upon a piece of technology that miraculously still works, but only Rust Cultists can make pilgrimages to search for artefacts of before the End.



* Kimiko Ross, the main character of Webcomic/{{Dresden Codak}}, exemplifies the trope without actually worshipping machines.
** She's a staunch [[TheSingularity Singularitan]] [[TransHumanism Transhumanist]]; there's not much point worshipping the tools used to raise you to [[PhysicalGod godlike-status]].

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* ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'': Kimiko Ross, the main character of Webcomic/{{Dresden Codak}}, character, exemplifies the trope without actually worshipping machines.
** She's a staunch [[TheSingularity Singularitan]] [[TransHumanism Transhumanist]]; {{Transhumanis|m}}t; there's not much point worshipping the tools used to raise you to [[PhysicalGod godlike-status]].



* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': the Amazonians worship a supercomputer [[spoiler:actually a fembot controlling the thing [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]-style]] that refers to itself as "Femputer", which had appeared shortly after the males of their species mysteriously all died out. Unlike most examples, the only thing that changed about their tribal culture is that Femputer and the hardware necessary for it to work and communicate with others were installed in a huge temple.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': the Amazonians worship a supercomputer [[spoiler:actually a fembot controlling the thing [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wizard of Oz]]-style]] {{Film/TheWizardOfOz}}-style]] that refers to itself as "Femputer", which had appeared shortly after the males of their species mysteriously all died out. Unlike most examples, the only thing that changed about their tribal culture is that Femputer and the hardware necessary for it to work and communicate with others were installed in a huge temple.
11th Apr '17 11:27:55 PM JackG
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* In the sequel novel to ''[[Film/ColossusTheForbinProject Colossus]]'' by D. F. Jones, a group called the Sect that worships the computer that now rules humanity is gaining followers and influence.
8th Apr '17 9:56:18 AM Xtifr
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* In E. M. Forster's story ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', the Machine in question provides for all human needs. The Book containing the instructions to make requests to the Machine is revered in a fashion reminiscent of holy scriptures; as time passes, humans also take to gather in order to ritually praise the Machine.

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* In E. M. Forster's story ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', "Literature/TheMachineStops", the Machine in question provides for all human needs. The Book containing the instructions to make requests to the Machine is revered in a fashion reminiscent of holy scriptures; as time passes, humans also take to gather in order to ritually praise the Machine.
31st Mar '17 3:24:41 PM nombretomado
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* In OrionsArm many archailects, intelligences that have transcended multiple times, are the focus of this trope. Most of them do not consider themselves to be gods, but they've long since given up trying to convince the lesser intelligences that they are not, and have instead decided to present themselves as (mostly) benevolent deities when interacting with lower intelligences (which they don't do very often... not directly anyway).

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* In OrionsArm ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' many archailects, intelligences that have transcended multiple times, are the focus of this trope. Most of them do not consider themselves to be gods, but they've long since given up trying to convince the lesser intelligences that they are not, and have instead decided to present themselves as (mostly) benevolent deities when interacting with lower intelligences (which they don't do very often... not directly anyway).
22nd Mar '17 11:20:26 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Sister Mary Godwinson, leader of the fanatically fundamentalist Protestant Lord's Believers, worries about this in the quote for the "Self-Aware Colony" Secret Project but the project only allows for the cities to act as an extra worker and police.
-->''Will we next create false gods to rule over us? How proud we have become, and how blind.'' — Sister Miriam Godwinson, "We Must Dissent"
19th Mar '17 9:48:09 AM nombretomado
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* TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'s technological cult of fanatics, (Pre-Reformation) [=ComStar=]/Word of Blake, ironically started as just the fallen Star League's communications bureau, but eventually became a cult whose creed is to preserve technology (read: hoard technology and destroy that of the Successor States) from those who would abuse it (the above mentioned Successor States and really anyone that isn't [=ComStar=] or under their [[strike: thumb]] guidance) at all costs (including theft, arson, assassination of scientists, and even nearly triggering war between the 'States). When the leadership started a trend towards secularism and technological progress, there was a great schism and the fanatical Word of Blake zealots were formed.

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* TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'s ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'''s technological cult of fanatics, (Pre-Reformation) [=ComStar=]/Word of Blake, ironically started as just the fallen Star League's communications bureau, but eventually became a cult whose creed is to preserve technology (read: hoard technology and destroy that of the Successor States) from those who would abuse it (the above mentioned Successor States and really anyone that isn't [=ComStar=] or under their [[strike: thumb]] guidance) at all costs (including theft, arson, assassination of scientists, and even nearly triggering war between the 'States). When the leadership started a trend towards secularism and technological progress, there was a great schism and the fanatical Word of Blake zealots were formed.



* The NewWorldOfDarkness has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.

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* The NewWorldOfDarkness ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.
2nd Mar '17 5:38:23 PM Zaptech
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** As weird and scary as the Mechanicus and their worship of the Omnissiah and the Machine Spirit is, there's disturbing indications that [[TheCuckooLanderWasRight they're totally right]] to worship their machines. The "machine spirits" aren't just some religious nonsense; every piece of Imperium technology has fragments of artificial intelligence in them, and [[AIIsACrapshoot failing to placate these unstable AI systems can genuinely cause them to go haywire]], and neglecting sanctification rituals can [[DemonicPossession potentially cause the machine spirit to be corrupted by Chaos.]]
2nd Mar '17 5:32:50 PM Zaptech
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** Most of them are also kleptomaniacs who have to be dissuaded at ''gunpoint'' from taking whatever piece of technology they like - be it a holy relic or ''a tomb full of frakking Necrons''.
** Sometimes [[TooDumbToLive the gun isn't enough incentive for them to keep their hands to themselves]].
** And it isn't necessarily their hands you should be keeping an eye on...

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** Most of them are also kleptomaniacs who have to be dissuaded at ''gunpoint'' from taking whatever piece of technology they like - be it a holy relic or ''a tomb full of frakking Necrons''.
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Necrons''. Sometimes [[TooDumbToLive the gun isn't enough incentive for them to keep their hands to themselves]].
** And it isn't necessarily their hands you should be keeping an eye on...
themselves]].



*** Funnily enough, the Emperor of Mankind seems to have always been an atheist and a proponent of rationality and materialism, along with scientific principles. His original edicts (the Imperial Truth) were later defiled by the religious people (most likely acting on the instructions of the Chaos gods), most notably one of his 20 sons, who forced the Imperial Creed on the human planets they reclaimed, instead of the correct Imperial Truth. Thus it can be confirmed that everyone else but the Space Marines are heretics, because they go against His will.
23rd Feb '17 9:45:40 PM Leliel
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* The NewWorldOfDarkness has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels.

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* The NewWorldOfDarkness has a strange variant involving the God-Machine, the occult supercomputer that seems to have overlaid itself onto all existence. While its operations are usually hidden from the eyes of the world, every so often, a piece of Infrastructure springs from the landscape. Those who gaze upon it are changed, becoming mutant "stigmatics" who are more likely to obey the wishes of the God-Machine and its angels. angels-assuming that the angels don't just set up a ScamReligon for their own purposes. For its part, the God-Machine views its cultists as [[WeHaveReserves less valuable workers]] than its angels and sees them as tools to be thrown at a problem. [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Fallen angels]] tend to value them more, but they form cults largely for practical purposes, ie an easy source of [[DealWithTheDevil pacts]] and a source of income plus minions.
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