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20th Sep '17 11:56:13 AM reppuzan
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* Similarly to the page image, ''ComicBook/SuperSons'' reveals that the Justice League has access to universal translators that are designed to work across dimensions. They still haven't distributed it to the republic and Robin actually pilfered one for his own use.
10th Sep '17 1:15:07 PM Geoduck
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* Justified in ''Webcomic/{{Mindmistress}}'' -- the title heroine has the most advanced technology in the world, but is afraid that released it could change our society for the ''worse''. On the other hand, Forethought, the only person smarter that Minidmistress, is actively trying to save the humanity from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt self-destructing war]] he foresees. Too bad his first idea was to create more people like him, well aware that humanity would turn on them. And lost.

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* Justified in ''Webcomic/{{Mindmistress}}'' -- the title heroine has the most advanced technology in the world, but is afraid that released it could change our society for the ''worse''. On the other hand, Forethought, the only person smarter that Minidmistress, is actively trying to save the humanity from [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt self-destructing war]] he foresees. Too bad his first idea was to create more people like him, well aware that humanity would turn on them. And lost. At one point the comic also visits an alternate history where Mindmistress's deceased counterpart ''did'' release all of her tech to the general population, resulting in global economic upheaval and a massive surge in terrorist attacks.
7th Sep '17 7:46:32 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Tariatla is an UrbanFantasy world and it is an aversion. Magic is used for many mundane problems which then creates a world that is both similar and different to contemporary real life. In ''Literature/ManaMutationMenace'', this becomes a plot point. Eric (an otherworlder from "Threa", i.e. "Earth") talks about all the problems that plague his homeworld which Tariatla has conquered through his magic. He does this to convince them to continue working towards a solution to their own magic-based problems, such as mana mutation, instead of a more drastic solution (like submission to [[ControlFreak Order]]). By the end of the book, they have indeed made progress the solution.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Tariatla is an UrbanFantasy world and it is an aversion. Magic is used for many mundane problems which then creates a world that is both similar and different to contemporary real life. In ''Literature/ManaMutationMenace'', this becomes a plot point. Eric (an otherworlder from "Threa", i.e. "Earth") talks about all the problems that plague his homeworld which Tariatla has conquered through his magic. He does this to convince them to continue working towards a solution to their own magic-based problems, such as mana mutation, instead of a more drastic solution (like submission to [[ControlFreak Order]]). By the end of the book, they have indeed made progress the solution.
7th Sep '17 7:14:35 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Alfred is constantly harping on this trope to Bruce throughout ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', pointing out that if he shared his innovations he could do as much or even more good in Gotham as he tries to as a masked vigilante. Somewhat subverted when a great deal of those innovations are stolen by Bane, including a fusion energy source Bruce had shelved for exactly the reasons it becomes used for. Additionally, the whole reason Bruce was able to get his hands on the tech is because a lot of it was in the "dead end" department, usually things deemed impractical or too costly for mass production. For example, the [[CoolCar Tumbler]]'s purpose was to jump rivers and build temporary bridges. They were able to get the jumping to work but not the bridge-building, so the project was scrapped. The advanced bodysuit was deemed too costly for equipping every single soldier with it. On the other hand, Bruce also has no right to take that stuff, as it belongs to his company and investors rather than him personally. If it ever comes to light, then he'll be up on embezzlement charges.

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* Alfred is constantly harping on this trope to Bruce throughout ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', pointing out that if he shared his innovations he could do as much or even more good in Gotham as he tries to as a masked vigilante. Somewhat subverted when a great deal of those innovations are stolen by Bane, including a fusion energy source Bruce had shelved for exactly the reasons it becomes used for. Additionally, the whole reason Bruce was able to get his hands on the tech is because a lot of it was in the "dead end" department, usually things deemed impractical or too costly for mass production. For example, the [[CoolCar Tumbler]]'s purpose was to jump rivers and build temporary bridges. They were able to get the jumping to work but not the bridge-building, so the project was scrapped. The advanced bodysuit was deemed too costly for equipping every single soldier with it. On the other hand, Bruce also has no right to take that stuff, as it belongs to his company and investors rather than him personally. personally (although he does own, at least, a controlling interest in the company and it was started by his father). If it ever comes to light, then he'll be up on embezzlement charges.charges [[note]] A guy does indeed try to blackmamil Bruce this way. He backs off when Fox points out that he's BullyingADragon [[/note]].



* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' averts the age-old complaint about why Peter Parker doesn't market his web formula. In this movie, he doesn't invent it; [[CutLexLuthorACheck OsCorp owns the patent and manufactures the stuff, selling it, among other things, for use as light-weight emergency cabling]]. Peter ''does'' invent his web-shooters using off-the-shelf technology, however.

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* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' averts the age-old complaint about why Peter Parker doesn't market his web formula. In this movie, he doesn't invent it; [[CutLexLuthorACheck OsCorp owns the patent and manufactures the stuff, selling it, among other things, for use as light-weight emergency cabling]]. Peter ''does'' invent his web-shooters using off-the-shelf technology, however.but there aren't as many applications of that without the webbing.



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Tariatla is an UrbanFantasy world and it is an aversion. Magic is used for many mundane problems which then creates a world that is both similar and different to contemporary real life. In ''Literature/ManaMutationMenace'', this becomes a plot point. Eric (an otherworlder from "Threa", i.e. "Earth") talks about all the problems that plague his homeworld which Tariatla has conquered through his magic. He does this to convince them to continue working towards a solution to their own magic-based problems, such as mana mutation, instead of a more drastic solution (like submission to [[ControlFreak Order]]). By the end of the book, they have indeed made progress the solution.



** Magician scientist Zelda Spellman tried to make a machine that would somehow, using de-ionization and ''the Hanta virus,'' to process dirt into edible protein pellets and end the suffering of millions. When the first prototype blew up she became frustrated and quit trying, blaming her disinterest on a lack of electricity in the poorest areas.
** Played with in one episode where Mr Kraft buys a magic box that he discovers can copy items. He uses it to duplicate his gold bars and wonders whether it can be used for other resources as well, then promptly forgets about it.

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** Magician scientist Zelda Spellman tried to make a machine that would somehow, using de-ionization and ''the Hanta virus,'' to process dirt into edible protein pellets and end the suffering of millions. When the first prototype blew up she became frustrated and quit trying, blaming her disinterest on a lack of electricity in the poorest areas.
** Played with in one episode where Mr Kraft buys a magic box that he discovers can copy items. He uses it to duplicate his gold bars and wonders whether it can be used for other resources as well, then promptly forgets about it.it and continues duplicating his gold bars.



** While the series begins with 1995 people using 1995 technology, and the SGC really hadn't managed to collect much alien tech (let alone understand it), the end of the series has them in the possession of the full library of knowledge of two distinct intergalactic cultures, one of whom left ''detailed replication instructions for everything'', and a bunch of alien allies and enough offworld colonies to solve every population problem (living space, famine, etc.) on Earth five times over. Getting public support would probably allow Earth to expand across the entire galaxy in the span of a few decades. While the later episodes indicate some of this tech is beginning to filter down (a prototype energy weapon, medical nanites in development, etc.), for the most part the government is unwilling to break the ruse since other groups consistently misuse the technology. It also helps that they're constantly in the middle of secret wars and probably don't want to reveal themselves at a "low point". They've also learned from the experience of one of their former allies, the Tollan, who shared their advanced technology with a neighboring world only to watch as that world destroy itself, devastating the Tollan homeworld in the process. There's a good reason the SGC is introducing things slowly.

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** While the series begins with 1995 people using 1995 technology, and the SGC really hadn't managed to collect much alien tech (let alone understand it), the end of the series has them in the possession of the full library of knowledge of two distinct intergalactic cultures, one of whom left ''detailed replication instructions for everything'', and a bunch of alien allies and enough offworld colonies to solve every population problem (living space, famine, etc.) on Earth five times over. Getting public support would probably allow Earth to expand across the entire galaxy in the span of a few decades. While the later episodes indicate some of this tech is beginning to filter down (a prototype energy weapon, medical nanites in development, etc.), for the most part the government is unwilling to break the ruse since other groups consistently misuse the technology. It also helps that they're constantly in the middle of secret wars and probably don't want to reveal themselves at a "low point". They've also learned from the experience of one of their former allies, the Tollan, who shared their advanced technology with a neighboring world only to watch as that world destroy destroyed itself, devastating the Tollan homeworld in the process. There's a good reason the SGC is introducing things slowly.



** One episode has Carter and Lee go to a public event showing off current advanced development. Their "inventions" include holographic technology (which they have already shown off to the world on live TV in an earlier episode) and a prototype plasma weapon. Lee laments how he is forced to deliberately show small, logical steps in development of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum in order to make it plausible to the scientific community that advanced tech didn't simply appear out of thin air. They actually sabotage the plasma weapon in order to show a not-quite-finished design, until an alien bounty hunter tries to kill Carter (luckily, she was using a hologram). Carter and Lee then quickly adjust plasma weapon to actually work, and she uses it to kill the assassin in front of hundreds of viewers.

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** One episode has Carter and Lee go to a public event showing off current advanced development. Their "inventions" include holographic technology (which they have already shown off to the world on live TV in an earlier episode) and a prototype plasma weapon. Lee laments how he is forced to deliberately show small, logical steps in development of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum in order to make it plausible to the scientific community that advanced tech didn't simply appear out of thin air. They actually sabotage the plasma weapon in order to show a not-quite-finished design, until an alien bounty hunter tries to kill Carter (luckily, she was using a hologram). Carter and Lee then quickly adjust the plasma weapon to actually work, and she uses it to kill the assassin in front of hundreds of viewers.



*** In yet another similar case, the Next Generation episode "Attached" introduces implants that give anyone that has them implanted telepathic ability with at least one other person, yet this extremely useful technology is not explored or even mentioned in any future Star Trek series despite the obvious numerous potential applications.
*** That one isn't as obviously useful as it sounds. The technology was created by a race hostile to the main characters as a means of involuntary brain download. (Something Starlet understandably frowns upon) It also gets more than a passing mention that if two people use the device for too long their personalities, memories, ect start to bleed over. Additionally going more then a few meters from the other linked user is excruciating. A simple Vulcan mind meld would offer the same effects with less danger to the people involved.

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*** In yet another similar case, the Next Generation episode "Attached" introduces implants that give anyone that has them implanted telepathic ability with at least one other person, yet this extremely useful technology is not explored or even mentioned in any future Star Trek series despite the obvious numerous potential applications.
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applications. This one isn't as obviously useful as it sounds. The technology has stronger footing than some others. It was created by a race hostile to the main characters as a means of involuntary brain download. (Something Starlet understandably frowns upon) It also gets more than a passing mention that if two people use the device for too long their personalities, memories, ect start to bleed over. Additionally going more then a few meters from the other linked user is excruciating. A simple Vulcan mind meld would offer the same effects with less danger to the people involved.
11th Aug '17 3:26:27 PM PistolsAtDawn
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--> -- ''[[ComicBook/StardustthesuperWizard Stardust the Super Wizard]]'', Fantastic Comics #14

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--> -- ''[[ComicBook/StardustthesuperWizard ''[[ComicBook/StardustTheSuperWizard Stardust the Super Wizard]]'', Fantastic Comics #14
11th Aug '17 3:25:59 PM PistolsAtDawn
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--> -- ''Stardust the Super Wizard'', Fantastic Comics #14

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--> -- ''Stardust ''[[ComicBook/StardustthesuperWizard Stardust the Super Wizard'', Wizard]]'', Fantastic Comics #14
6th Aug '17 10:01:14 AM Kuruni
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# The character may simply not be interested in mass production. In the real world, any sort of new medical device has to undergo years of rigorous testing to prove that it is both safe and effective before it can become available to the general public. Other inventions may have other concerns; your miniaturized nuclear reactor or tiny batteries have to be demonstrated to be safe and that they won't catch on fire, explode, or undergo a deadly meltdown. A character may simply lack interest in dealing with the bureaucracy involved, and may not trust anyone else to bring their products to market on their behalf. Especially given that half of the major corporations in these worlds seem to be run by villains. (Unlike in our world, where all of them are.)

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# The character may simply not be interested in mass production. In the real world, any sort of new medical device has to undergo years of rigorous testing to prove that it is both safe and effective before it can become available to the general public. Other inventions may have other concerns; your miniaturized nuclear reactor or tiny batteries have to be demonstrated to be safe and that they won't catch on fire, explode, or undergo a deadly meltdown. A character may simply lack interest in dealing with the bureaucracy involved, and may not trust anyone else to bring their products to market on their behalf. Especially given that half of the major corporations in these worlds seem to be run by villains. (Unlike in our world, where all of them are.)
6th Aug '17 2:44:28 AM 108names
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# The character may simply not be interested in mass production. In the real world, any sort of new medical device has to undergo years of rigorous testing to prove that it is both safe and effective before it can become available to the general public. Other inventions may have other concerns; your miniaturized nuclear reactor or tiny batteries have to be demonstrated to be safe and that they won't catch on fire, explode, or undergo a deadly meltdown. A character may simply lack interest in dealing with the bureaucracy involved, and may not trust anyone else to bring their products to market on their behalf. Especially given that half of the major corporations in these worlds seem to be run by villains.

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# The character may simply not be interested in mass production. In the real world, any sort of new medical device has to undergo years of rigorous testing to prove that it is both safe and effective before it can become available to the general public. Other inventions may have other concerns; your miniaturized nuclear reactor or tiny batteries have to be demonstrated to be safe and that they won't catch on fire, explode, or undergo a deadly meltdown. A character may simply lack interest in dealing with the bureaucracy involved, and may not trust anyone else to bring their products to market on their behalf. Especially given that half of the major corporations in these worlds seem to be run by villains. (Unlike in our world, where all of them are.)
22nd Jul '17 2:36:04 PM MBG
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* ''ComicBook/{{Superior}}'' heavily averts this, with the titular character (a CaptainErsatz to Superman) wasting no time in trying to solve the world's problems, including rounding up terrorist groups singlehandedly, preventing natural disasters, and carrying shiploads of food and water to impoverished areas. It's implied, though, that when [[spoiler:he leaves at the end]], the world mostly reverts to normal, as there's always going to be people who need food and clothing.
8th Jul '17 8:15:10 AM Schol-R-LEA
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** Note that these inventions and Devises ''are'' changing things, just not in ways most people would necessarily see all the time. Still, there are lunar bases owned by the US, Russia, and China; improved treatments for a number of deadly diseases and genetic conditions; and several other general benefits which are impacting everyone's lives. This is becoming more evident in the Gen 2 stories, set ten years after the first series, where holographic Virtual Assistants are commonplace among other things. On the other hand, there are also mass-produced power armor and advanced weapons which aren't necessarily kept out of the hands of criminals and terrorists, exotic street drugs, and several other down sides. It hasn't changed quite as drastically as the ''Literature/WildCards'' world, at least not in visible ways, but it is certain diverging from our own world rapidly.
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