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5th Oct '17 10:30:09 AM BeerBaron
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':

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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':The Numidium is a [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]-constructed HumongousMecha designed to be powered by the [[CosmicKeystone heart of a dead god]] (and later powered by what is believed to be that god's ''soul''), which [[RealityWarper distorts reality around it]] whenever it is activated. Some of its blueprints/drawings depict it as having a ribcage and spine. (Akulakhan, another mecha built from Numidium's blueprints, also has these organic-looking components.) It's also theorized that its armor or other structural components are what all the Dwemer were transformed into after [[RiddleForTheAges their mysterious disappearance]]. It played a major role in the series' backstory, where [[TheConqueror Tiber Septim]] used it to complete his conquest of Tamriel, and then shows up in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' as a major plot point. At the end of ''Daggerfall'', it [[spoiler:causes a TimeCrash which makes each of the game's mutually exclusive MultipleEndings [[MergingTheBranches all happen at once]], though none [[BroadStrokes to the same extent they would have individually]]]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
12th Sep '17 11:14:19 PM FF32
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This is becoming [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_biology an actual thing.]] Interestingly, RealLife synthetic biology was ''seems'' to be going the reverse direction of this trope [[DoubleSubverted as this]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn before]] [[GameChanger CRISPR gene editing biotechnology is starting experiment upon]]: making biology look more like chemistry and some (bio-)nanotechnology, rather than making technology look more like ''actual'' biology. Whether we'll get our meaty [[IWantMyJetpack jetpacks]] remains to be seen.

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This is becoming [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_biology an actual thing.]] thing]]. Interestingly, RealLife synthetic biology was ''seems'' to be going the reverse direction of this trope [[DoubleSubverted as this]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn before]] [[GameChanger CRISPR gene editing biotechnology is starting experiment upon]]: trope: making biology look more like chemistry and some (bio-)nanotechnology, nanotechnology, rather than making technology look more like ''actual'' biology. Whether we'll get our meaty [[IWantMyJetpack jetpacks]] remains to be seen.
12th Sep '17 4:51:02 PM NoxSky12599
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->''"They've got technology, sweetheart. They just build it in different ways."''
-->-- '''[[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo]]''', ''Literature/NewJediOrder''
4th Sep '17 1:51:27 PM Malady
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* GregEgan introduces this in his inimitable style in a number of places... for example the five-dimensional snail-squids in ''Diaspora'' have organized their whole ecology to cater to their needs, and the far-side civilization in ''Schild's Ladder'' tend living cities using organic constructs that tailor the local laws of physics to their whims.

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* GregEgan Creator/GregEgan introduces this in his inimitable style in a number of places... for example the five-dimensional snail-squids in ''Diaspora'' have organized their whole ecology to cater to their needs, and the far-side civilization in ''Schild's Ladder'' tend living cities using organic constructs that tailor the local laws of physics to their whims.
3rd Sep '17 9:21:16 PM Daedalis
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* Most of the town of ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' is standard construction, but Budroxifinicus' house has a root construction growing from the ceiling that serves as both a comfy chair and chandelier.
26th Aug '17 3:24:28 PM WillKeaton
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This is becoming [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_biology an actual thing]]. Interestingly, RealLife synthetic biology was ''seems'' to be going the reverse direction of this trope [[DoubleSubverted as this]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn before]] [[GameChanger CRISPR gene editing biotechnology is starting experiment upon]]: making biology look more like chemistry and some (bio-)nanotechnology, rather than making technology look more like ''actual'' biology. Whether we'll get our meaty [[IWantMyJetpack jetpacks]] remains to be seen.

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This is becoming [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_biology an actual thing]]. thing.]] Interestingly, RealLife synthetic biology was ''seems'' to be going the reverse direction of this trope [[DoubleSubverted as this]] [[TechnologyMarchesOn before]] [[GameChanger CRISPR gene editing biotechnology is starting experiment upon]]: making biology look more like chemistry and some (bio-)nanotechnology, rather than making technology look more like ''actual'' biology. Whether we'll get our meaty [[IWantMyJetpack jetpacks]] remains to be seen.
18th Aug '17 1:10:42 AM MBG
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*** Blackarachnia and Wasp(inator) in are also techno-organic, the first from using her power-copying ability on giant organic spiders, the second from Blackarachnia using Transwarp energy to fuse Wasp with a hornet. One thing to note is that in ''Animated'', Transformers have either an aversion if not downright fear of organic beings (Autobots) or a deep disdain/hatred of them (Decepticons).

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*** Blackarachnia and Wasp(inator) in are also techno-organic, the first from using her power-copying ability on giant organic spiders, the second from Blackarachnia using Transwarp energy to fuse Wasp with a hornet. One thing to note is that in ''Animated'', Transformers have either an aversion if not downright fear of organic beings (Autobots) or a deep disdain/hatred of them (Decepticons).


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*** Sari is eventually [[RoboticReveal revealed to be this]], or something very much like it, though leaning more on [[RobotGirl the technological side]].
17th Aug '17 2:52:21 AM azbyc15243
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* ''LightNovel/TheWeaknessOfBeatriceTheLevelCapHolySwordswoman'': The Underworld faction uses technology based around marine organisms. The Underworld itself is an island-sized monster that's compared to a rotting shark or killer whale. It has a fin that is actually a broadcast tower, covered with giant barnacles that act as antennae. It uses Arachnes, MiniMecha that combine traits of spiders and crabs, to construct new structures and repair damage with their webbing. The Underworld Lord wields weapons that are likewise organic: a saw made of shark teeth, and a spear covered in coral and barnacles.
1st Aug '17 11:18:35 AM narm00
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** The Zygons haave organic technology.
** The Time Lords themselves--the new series states that the TARDIS is alive. "It's not built: It's grown." Like a coral. And the previous desktop theme reinforces it. Furthermore, they are sentient, most famously being the Doctor's own TARDIS, who's state of sentience was explored in "The Doctor's Wife," where her matrix is implanted into a physical human body, allowing her to communicate with him for a while. This idea is further supported in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novels. The "Cat's Cradle" arc in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novels has the Doctor needing to replace the organic material that the TARDIS uses for calculations that are impossible on conventional computers. ''Lungbarrow'' introduces the idea of sentient ''houses'' that are the ancestral homes of the different clans (kith) of the Time Lords. One Time Lord of each house becomes the "house keeper" and literally marries and has a somewhat symbiotic relationship with the house.

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** The Zygons haave have organic technology.
** The Time Lords themselves--the themselves -- the new series states that the TARDIS is alive. "It's not built: It's grown." Like a coral. And the previous [[Creator/RussellTDavies RTD-era]] desktop theme reinforces it. Furthermore, they are sentient, most famously being the Doctor's own TARDIS, who's whose state of sentience was is explored in "The Doctor's Wife," where her matrix is implanted into a physical human body, allowing her to communicate with him for a while. This idea is further supported in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse novels. The "Cat's Cradle" arc in the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novels has the Doctor needing to replace the organic material that the TARDIS uses for calculations that are impossible on conventional computers. ''Lungbarrow'' introduces the idea of sentient ''houses'' that are the ancestral homes of the different clans (kith) of the Time Lords. One Time Lord of each house becomes the "house keeper" and literally marries and has a somewhat symbiotic relationship with the house.



* The Akashan Star Sphere or "Space Gods" from ''TabletopGame/{{TORG}}'' preferred biotech to the point that most available Akashan gear is some sort of lifeform (e.g. "kinetic armor" is a symbiotic bodysuit, "geomantic shuttles" are creatures with a natural gravity manipulating ability, "starshredders" are a weaponized cross between a starfish and a piranha). Even their hard tech items tend to lean on biotech; for example, "bataase rifles" are nonlethal weapons which fire a biological polymer, and Akashan Lightships are as much biotech as they are hard tech.

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* The Akashan Star Sphere or "Space Gods" from ''TabletopGame/{{TORG}}'' preferred prefer biotech to the point that most available Akashan gear is some sort of lifeform (e.g. "kinetic armor" is a symbiotic bodysuit, "geomantic shuttles" are creatures with a natural gravity manipulating ability, "starshredders" are a weaponized cross between a starfish and a piranha). Even their hard tech items tend to lean on biotech; for example, "bataase rifles" are nonlethal weapons which fire a biological polymer, and Akashan Lightships are as much biotech as they are hard tech.
27th Jul '17 3:10:11 AM azbyc15243
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* One short story in ''LightNovel/ASimpleSurvey'' features a decidedly-grotesque form of this. Many common tools now incorporate elements of human beings. Examples include: frying pans with skin to sense heat and prevent overcooking of food; ladles with lips to taste their contents; surveillance cameras with eyeballs to focus at long distances; lawnmowers that use nails and teeth to cut.
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