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9th May '16 8:24:08 AM thatother1dude
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* The ruins of gem ancient sites in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', despite being built by a space-faring race, look like ancient human ruin albeit with some [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} stranger element]]. The ubiquitous [[PortalNetwork warp pads]] look like nondescript stone daises. Even the {{Flying Saucer}}s they flew in on seem to be made of stone and have the interior of a TempleOfDoom. By contrast, modern Homeworld technology is obviously advanced and quite alien-looking.

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* The ruins of gem ancient sites in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', despite being built by a space-faring race, look like ancient human ruin ruins albeit with some [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} stranger element]].elements]]. The ubiquitous [[PortalNetwork warp pads]] look like nondescript stone daises. Even the {{Flying Saucer}}s they flew in on seem to be made of stone and have the interior of a TempleOfDoom. By contrast, modern Homeworld technology is obviously advanced and quite alien-looking.
1st May '16 2:30:56 AM ElectroKraken
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AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually Applied Phlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are Precursors. Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: Higher-Tech Species are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the Crystal Spires and Togas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.

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AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually Applied Phlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are Precursors. Precursors, Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: Higher-Tech Species are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the Crystal Spires and Togas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.
27th Apr '16 11:08:27 AM TobuIshi
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* In ''Literature/AfternoonOfTheElves'', Sara-Kate scolds Hillary for assuming that the elves' BambooTechnology is primitive and childlike. (Specifically, when Hillary assumes a pan of water with leaves floating in it must be a swimming pool with sunning floats, Sara-Kate points out it could be a magical solar energy collector for all she knows.)
20th Apr '16 7:19:42 PM BioSafety
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* In ''DontStarve'', there are Touch Stones, which have tiny rocks in a circle surrounded by decapitated heads of [[PigMan Pig Men]], that when touched causes the stones to rise out of the ground and resurrect the player once should they die. However, most characters unaware of this fact comment on how primitive the technology is, or refer to it as a "useless ward."

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* In ''DontStarve'', ''VideoGame/DontStarve'', there are Touch Stones, which have tiny rocks in a circle surrounded by decapitated heads of [[PigMan Pig Men]], that when touched causes the stones to rise out of the ground and resurrect the player once should they die. However, most characters unaware of this fact comment on how primitive the technology is, or refer to it as a "useless ward."
3rd Apr '16 11:01:54 AM Maniago
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* Pops up repeatedly in ''WesternAnimation/TheDavincibles''. One episode for example featured a Maya temple that turned out to be an ancient spaceship.
14th Mar '16 11:16:39 AM thatother1dude
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->'''Riker:''' I've seen these things all over the ship. They all look the same: primitive, and... non-functional.
->'''Picard:''' Ceremonial; and ''deceptively'' primitive.

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->'''Riker:''' I've seen these things all over the ship. They all look the same: primitive, and... non-functional.
->'''Picard:'''
non-functional.\\
'''Picard:'''
Ceremonial; and ''deceptively'' primitive.



* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': The booby trapped temple in "Too Much of A Gold Thing". By opening all the doors to all three treasure vaults at once, Scrooge McDuck sets off a device that, in quick succession: causes the floor to collapse into a lake a molten gold, causes the temple to sink in the lake of molten gold, causes the entire valley to be engulfed in a lake of molten gold, and causes said lake of molten gold to explode in a volcanic eruption.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': The booby trapped temple in "Too Much of A Gold Thing". By opening all the doors to all three treasure vaults at once, Scrooge McDuck [=McDuck=] sets off a device that, in quick succession: causes the floor to collapse into a lake a molten gold, causes the temple to sink in the lake of molten gold, causes the entire valley to be engulfed in a lake of molten gold, and causes said lake of molten gold to explode in a volcanic eruption.eruption.
* The ruins of gem ancient sites in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', despite being built by a space-faring race, look like ancient human ruin albeit with some [[{{Bizarrchitecture}} stranger element]]. The ubiquitous [[PortalNetwork warp pads]] look like nondescript stone daises. Even the {{Flying Saucer}}s they flew in on seem to be made of stone and have the interior of a TempleOfDoom. By contrast, modern Homeworld technology is obviously advanced and quite alien-looking.
3rd Mar '16 1:42:22 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''[[OrionsArm Orion's Arm]]'', "[[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-topic/45cfd5f861a04 clarktech]]" objects (technology invented by the Archai, which are so advanced that only planet-sized Artificial Intelligences can understand how they work) often look deceptively ordinary. For example, the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/464ce5e935f57 dittocube]] looks like a child's wooden toy block.

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* In ''[[OrionsArm Orion's Arm]]'', Arm]]'':
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"[[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-topic/45cfd5f861a04 clarktech]]" objects (technology invented by the Archai, which are so advanced that only planet-sized Artificial Intelligences can understand how they work) often look deceptively ordinary. For example, the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/464ce5e935f57 dittocube]] looks like a child's wooden toy block.block.
** Some transapients make a game out of trying to construct advanced technology out of primitive materials. One result of this was Clade Machina Babbagenseii, a group of artificially intelligent machines made using only Babbage-era (mid-1800's) computation technology. They're very large (each is over 50 km in radius), and their information processing speed is rather slow, but they are fully intelligent, self-aware minds.
5th Feb '16 9:43:40 AM RubberyChicken
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* The Xel'Naga ({{Precursors}}) from ''{{Starcraft}}'' appear to have this. The few Xel'Naga artifacts encountered in the games are crystals and stone temples.

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* The Xel'Naga ({{Precursors}}) [[{{Precursors}} Xel'Naga]] from ''{{Starcraft}}'' appear to have this. The few Xel'Naga artifacts encountered in the games are crystals and stone temples.
26th Jan '16 10:11:49 PM Sarah-The-Pegasister
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* In ''DontStarve'', there are Touch Stones, which have tiny rocks in a circle surrounded by decapitated heads of [[PigMan Pig Men]], that when touched causes the stones to rise out of the ground and resurrect the player once should they die. However, most characters unaware of this fact comment on how primitive the technology is, or refer to it as a "useless ward."
23rd Jan '16 9:29:39 AM Pastykake
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SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology, on the other hand, covers mechanisms with a Stone Age (or other ancient period, like Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval Period, etc...) appearance but a High Tech function that is beyond the achievements of Industrial or Modern Age technology: primitive-looking but highly advanced technology. Like the Stone Age equivalent of CrystalSpiresAndTogas, this is very often used to illustrate how ''advanced'' a culture's technology is by making it blend in almost seamlessly with their environment and/or architecture.

AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually AppliedPhlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are {{Precursors}}, AncientAstronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: HigherTechSpecies are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the CrystalSpiresAndTogas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.

Often, you will know when this sort of technology is working because PowerGlows. Also note that many of the examples involve some form of psionic crystal, or are combined with psionic powers. Many an AdvancedAncientAcropolis is filled with such devices.

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SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology, Sufficiently Advanced Bamboo Technology, on the other hand, covers mechanisms with a Stone Age (or other ancient period, like Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval Period, etc...) appearance but a High Tech function that is beyond the achievements of Industrial or Modern Age technology: primitive-looking but highly advanced technology. Like the Stone Age equivalent of CrystalSpiresAndTogas, Crystal Spires and Togas, this is very often used to illustrate how ''advanced'' a culture's technology is by making it blend in almost seamlessly with their environment and/or architecture.

AncientAstronauts and {{Precursors}} have the interesting habit of building their technology to look like primitive artifacts. This is distinguished from classic BambooTechnology in function but not in form. In this case, apparently primitive constructs are actually technologically advanced devices. A shield generator, ancient godlike computer, or powerful superweapon may resemble a monument, or idol, a small handheld artifact. Rock faces will hide glowing energy conduits. Crystals can do anything from teleporting of people and objects to enhancing latent psychic powers. Stone tablets with primitive carvings contain hidden machinery, or {{Nanotechnology}}, or some other AppliedPhlebotinum. Ancient control centers and consoles will resemble temples and altars. In many cases, the technology is designed to mimic the appearance of {{Magitek}}, but is actually AppliedPhlebotinum. Applied Phlebotinum. Usually the aliens in this first variation are {{Precursors}}, AncientAstronauts, Precursors. Ancient Astronauts, or both, and inhabit [[TechnologyLevels the higher end]] of the [[AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit Kardashev Scale]], but there are exceptions. Though being [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien "Sufficiently Advanced"]] is usually a characteristic of the makers of such technology, it's not required: HigherTechSpecies Higher-Tech Species are known to adopt this style as well. Civilizations at the CrystalSpiresAndTogas Crystal Spires and Togas level are very likely to use this kind of technology, often subtly blending it in with their surroundings or by making it appear decorative. The ArtifactOfDoom or the MacGuffin in a Sci-Fi setting, if of alien or other fantastic origin, is usually an example of this technology. Many a PowerCrystal and MineralMacGuffin are examples as well. The more ancient LostTechnology is, the more likely it will be an example of this trope.

Often, you will know when this sort of technology is working because PowerGlows. Also note that many of the examples involve some form of psionic crystal, or are combined with psionic powers. Many an AdvancedAncientAcropolis is are filled with such devices.



* The tiny alien humanoids of the worldship Rheton in the early 60's B-Movie ''Film/ThePhantomPlanet'' write on stone tablets and control their hollow asteroid worldship with [[UnusualUserInterface theremin-like pools of water in dishes]].

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* The tiny alien humanoids of the worldship Rheton in the early 60's '60s B-Movie ''Film/ThePhantomPlanet'' write on stone tablets and control their hollow asteroid worldship with [[UnusualUserInterface theremin-like pools of water in dishes]].
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