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27th Mar '17 5:03:25 PM Bissek
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* ''Film/IronMan''. Similar to Flubber, by far the most important scientific breakthrough is the development of AI, yet the implications of this are not mentioned once and it's never used for anything more than cheap laughs. This trope also appears for many other technologies including those that are central to the films, but at least they're usually excused in some way, even if those ways are rather flimsy. ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' eventually clarifies that JARVIS is merely a very sophisticated programme, which is why the Vision is such a big deal.

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* ''Film/IronMan''. Similar to Flubber, by far the most important scientific breakthrough is the development of AI, yet the implications of this are not mentioned once and it's never used for anything more than cheap laughs. This trope also appears for many other technologies including those that are central to the films, but at least they're usually excused in some way, even if those ways are rather flimsy. ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' eventually clarifies that JARVIS is merely a very sophisticated programme, which is why the Vision is such a big deal. Also, the fact that Ultron went feral and tried to destroy the world caused the UN to outlaw AI research later on in the MCU continuity.
24th Feb '17 12:18:07 PM Zaptech
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** And in ''Mass Effect 3'', apparently ''no one in the whole galaxy'' realized that the Mass-Relays that the Reapers so kindly left free for humanity to use despite having the capability to shut the whole network down in the space of a day or two could basically double as massive (we're talking planet-killing level here) FTL cannons that could blow the Reapers apart to smithereens if they were weaponized by humanity and its allies.
*** They actually explain this by stating nobody knows how to manipulate them and if they did use them as weapons they might be damaged and unable to be used
*** Also, in the ''Arrival'' DLC for ''Mass Effect 2'', we see what happens when Relays get damaged: they release enough energy to destroy a solar system. Rendering every known location in the Milky way a bunch of uninhabitable dust does not sound like a viable way to fight the Reapers.
24th Feb '17 12:57:00 AM KeithM
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** In a NightmareFuel moment, there's a short section pointing out that the ''really'' important part of a person is their mind, so when a group of soldiers are sending people through the gate to be be mentally tweaked, they realize that sending through prisoners one at a time is taking too long since it takes a while to process the entire body. So they start beheading prisoners and tossing the heads into the gate, as the smaller physical size allows for faster processing and hey, they're getting a new body anyway.
24th Feb '17 12:11:51 AM KeithM
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* Averted in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'' when it's revealed that She-Hulk is making a living as a stuntwoman. She's not happy with it, but the director comments it's easy to digitally replace her with an actress as she's a walking green screen.
23rd Feb '17 11:40:08 PM dvorak
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* ''Literature/WillSaveTheGalaxyForFood'' depicts the end of manned space flight because someone invented Anywhere-In-The-Universe teleportation, which put all the space pilots out of business. The're understandably bitter about being reduced to hi-tech beggars, although it is mentioned that some rich folk still have pilots, because [[ConspicuousConsumptionone teleporter booth is exactly the same as another so there's no First Class accomodations to waste money on]].

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* ''Literature/WillSaveTheGalaxyForFood'' depicts the end of manned space flight because someone invented Anywhere-In-The-Universe teleportation, which put all the space pilots out of business. The're understandably bitter about being reduced to hi-tech beggars, although it is mentioned that some rich folk still have pilots, because [[ConspicuousConsumptionone [[ConspicuousConsumption one teleporter booth is exactly the same as another so there's no First Class accomodations to to waste money on]].
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23rd Feb '17 11:38:21 PM dvorak
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* ''Literature/WillSaveTheGalaxyForFood'' depicts the end of manned space flight because someone invented Anywhere-In-The-Universe teleportation, which put all the space pilots out of business. The're understandably bitter about being reduced to hi-tech beggars, although it is mentioned that some rich folk still have pilots, because [[ConspicuousConsumptionone teleporter booth is exactly the same as another so there's no First Class accomodations to waste money on]].
23rd Feb '17 7:59:07 AM Gosicrystal
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* The AltText of [[http://xkcd.com/664/ this]] Webcomic/{{xkcd}} comic posits that some of the greatest problems in computer science today may have already been solved by some nameless programmer somewhere, who will never receive recognition for their achievement because their solution was LostForever in some mundane piece of tech they were hired to work on.

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* The AltText of [[http://xkcd.com/664/ this]] Webcomic/{{xkcd}} comic posits that some of the greatest problems in computer science today may have already been solved by some nameless programmer somewhere, who will never receive recognition for their achievement because their solution was LostForever lost in some mundane piece of tech they were hired to work on.
18th Feb '17 8:36:17 AM Discar
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* ''Literature/{{Snapshot}}'': The Snapshot creates a perfect recreation of the city on a single day, with every single molecule and twenty million people accounted for. No one has any idea what to actually do with it; after the Mayor's "[[PowerPerversionPotential entertainment]]" was outlawed, it was eventually decided to only allow it to be used for government work with a warrant, meaning it's typically used to investigate murders, with some petty crimes as side missions if they happen to fall on the same day. Davis and Chaz repeatedly discuss the idea of finding something more useful to do with it, but they can't think of anything much better than just letting the Snapshot run for years to see what happens. [[spoiler:The government is using it for spying and more important murder investigations]].
26th Jan '17 11:58:25 AM dvorak
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* Weaponized teleportation is given a nod in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight''. "Bomb" weapons use a self-contained teleporter to beam over a missile warhead, plus whatever nasty surprise it's programmed to put inside of it. However, since it appears inside the room you targetinstead of bashing into the hull, it only causes [[SubSystemDamage subsystem]] or crewman damage.

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* Weaponized teleportation is given a nod in ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight''. "Bomb" weapons use a self-contained teleporter to beam over a missile warhead, plus whatever nasty surprise it's programmed to put inside of it. However, since it appears inside the room you targetinstead target instead of bashing into the hull, it only causes [[SubSystemDamage subsystem]] or crewman damage.damage.
** Likewise, using the teleporter as an AutoDoc is given a nod with the "Reconstructive Teleport" augmentation, although nobody thinks of using it as a TwinMaker to replace lost crewmen ([[RuleOfFun probably because that wouldn't be fair]]).
23rd Jan '17 1:30:50 AM dvorak
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* The second novel in John Ringo's ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series (''Claws that Catch'') had an EnergyBeing be frustrated to its version of tears by a neural implant being used to manipulate a thermostat, which uses an infantessimal ammount of processing power. It's likened to seeing an IntelligentGerbil use a computer cooling fan to run an airboat; with the computer still attached.

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* The second one novel in John Ringo's ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' series (''Claws that Catch'') had an EnergyBeing be frustrated to its version of tears by a neural implant being used to manipulate as a thermostat, universal remote, which uses an infantessimal ammount of processing power. It's likened to seeing an IntelligentGerbil use a computer cooling fan to run an airboat; with the computer still attached.
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