History Main / MechanicalEvolution

22nd Feb '17 12:39:49 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Present in VideoGame/MegaManX in a rather unique form: all reploids are 'replica androids' derived from the titular X, who was designed with 'limitless potential,' the capability to evolve to (hopefully) overcome any obstacle he was presented with. This makes him simultaneously one of only two [[spoiler:(actually only one)]] people capable of resisting TheVirus and ''extremely'' important to the goals of TheVirus: as he's [[ReluctantWarrior forced to fight]] and evolve, more and more powerful reploids can be made based on him, allowing the species itself to evolve over time. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot This was mostly ignored]] after the first game in the original version (where it explains a sudden power-up after a HeroicSacrifice) until it became relevant again in the eighth game: the remake of the first game placed more emphasis on it, with the BigBad [[GenreSavvy aware]] that the more [[OneManArmy X]] fought and stopped their plans to KillAllHumans, the stronger his own forces would become.

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* Present in VideoGame/MegaManX in a rather unique form: all reploids are 'replica androids' derived from the titular X, who was designed with 'limitless potential,' the capability to evolve to (hopefully) overcome any obstacle he was presented with. This makes him simultaneously one of only two [[spoiler:(actually only one)]] people capable of resisting TheVirus and ''extremely'' important to the goals of TheVirus: as he's [[ReluctantWarrior forced to fight]] and evolve, more and more powerful reploids can be made based on him, allowing the species itself to evolve over time. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot This was mostly ignored]] after the first game in the original version (where it explains a sudden power-up after a HeroicSacrifice) until it became relevant again in the eighth game: the remake of the first game placed more emphasis on it, with the BigBad [[GenreSavvy aware]] aware that the more [[OneManArmy X]] fought and stopped their plans to KillAllHumans, the stronger his own forces would become.
15th Feb '17 3:19:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The film ''Film/BicentennialMan'', where the eponymous character decides to "upgrade" himself - becoming ever more human in the process. [[spoiler:In the end, he dies of old age, because as he put it "I would rather die a man, than live for all eternity as a machine".]]

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* The film ''Film/BicentennialMan'', where the eponymous character decides to "upgrade" himself - becoming ever more human in the process. While many of these upgrades do nothing but make him appear more human, several of them cause his system to ape biology to his detriment. [[spoiler:In the end, he dies of old age, because as he put it "I would rather die a man, than live for all eternity as a machine".]]
1st Feb '17 6:36:22 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In the ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' series the first generation of inteligent machines built by humans were humanoid, but the later generations built by other machines are more like mechanical squids and spiders. The ones we see in the real world in the films seem to be little more than drones, with the intelligent individuals existing as pure software.
14th Aug '16 1:44:52 PM nombretomado
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* DoctorSteel believed that robots would eventually evolve to the point where they would replace man, who by that time would have polluted the world so much that only his machine creations would be able to survive anyway. (He even published a paper on the subject.)

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* DoctorSteel Music/DoctorSteel believed that robots would eventually evolve to the point where they would replace man, who by that time would have polluted the world so much that only his machine creations would be able to survive anyway. (He even published a paper on the subject.)
6th Jul '16 12:48:39 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': The point of the protagonist's existence and the world it inhabits. The goal of the program is to have the nameless protagonist evolve from a basic AI to a full-fledged artificial consciousness. You're playing either at or near the end of the process, depending on your choices at the end.
4th Jul '16 11:36:51 AM nombretomado
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* The Makuta in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' evolved from MechanicalLifeforms (with organic parts, akin to WetwareCPU) to EnergyBeings in AnimatedArmor.
** Recently WordOfGod has confirmed that the inhabitants of [[spoiler: Mata Nui's planet-sized robot body]] were originally mindless nanotech before [[AIIsACrapshoot a programming glitch of some kind]] granted them sapience.

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* The Makuta in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' evolved from MechanicalLifeforms (with organic parts, akin to WetwareCPU) to EnergyBeings in AnimatedArmor.
** Recently WordOfGod has later confirmed that the inhabitants of [[spoiler: Mata Nui's planet-sized robot body]] were originally mindless nanotech before [[AIIsACrapshoot a programming glitch of some kind]] granted them sapience.
7th Apr '16 1:40:47 PM G02
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No one ever seems to compare the advancement of machines to the theory of [[LamarckWasRight Lamarckian evolution]], which says that traits acquired by an organism over its life will be passed on to the child. Though [[ScienceMarchesOn wrong when talking about organic evolution]], this makes perfect sense for mechanical evolution. If an upgrade to an existing model of robot is developed it can be incorporated as standard into future robots of that model when they are created. The Lamarck comparison is probably taken out because the writers [[ViewersAreMorons assume the viewers don't know who Lamarck is.]]
4th Feb '16 8:20:45 AM Salkafar
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** In his origin story, Ultron went through the stages "Da-Da / Daddy / Dad / Father Dear" in ''about fifteen seconds''.
31st Oct '15 6:20:23 PM thatother1dude
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It is seldom shown as the equivalent of the biological process; rather, the mechanical species will be shown to actively design their own successors, or even [[UnstableGeneticCode "evolve" within their current generation through self-modification]]. This is similar to real-life design, which is in a sense an evolutionary process; success is defined by market factors, testing and other pressures; successive designs build on those before them and attempt to improve or refine them to better fit the given application. With mechanical creatures the "market" becomes society; a common result is [[HiveCasteSystem a rigid caste system where various machines are built to specialise in particular applications]]. The most important caste is [[MonstrosityEqualsWeakness likely to also be the most humanoid]], or be a MasterComputer.

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It is seldom shown as the equivalent of the biological process; rather, the mechanical species will be shown to actively design their own successors, or even [[UnstableGeneticCode "evolve" within their current generation through self-modification]]. This is similar to real-life design, which is in a sense an evolutionary process; success is defined by market factors, testing and other pressures; successive designs build on those before them and attempt to improve or refine them to better fit the given application. With mechanical creatures the "market" becomes society; a common result is [[HiveCasteSystem a rigid caste system where various machines are built to specialise in particular applications]]. The most important caste is [[MonstrosityEqualsWeakness [[TheManBehindTheMonsters likely to also be the most humanoid]], or be a MasterComputer.
2nd Oct '15 6:25:42 PM nombretomado
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* In a PaperinikNewAdventures issue, we know an alien race of robots. Their origin is unknown, but they're theorized either to descend from the computers of a ship who crashed on their planet, or to have evolved like every other race "only starting from microcircuits instead of microorganisms". Makes no sense, but [[MST3KMantra who cares]] as far as it [[RuleOfCool sounds so cool]]?

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* In a PaperinikNewAdventures ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' issue, we know an alien race of robots. Their origin is unknown, but they're theorized either to descend from the computers of a ship who crashed on their planet, or to have evolved like every other race "only starting from microcircuits instead of microorganisms". Makes no sense, but [[MST3KMantra who cares]] as far as it [[RuleOfCool sounds so cool]]?
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