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9th Jun '17 9:32:37 PM nombretomado
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* In WilliamShatner's ''QuestForTomorrow'' books, [[spoiler:Jim Endicott's biological mother]] develops a way to link human minds to create the most powerful computer in the galaxy. Her partner ([[spoiler:and lover]]) only known as Delta usurps the technology and uses it to gain power for himself and influence for Earth (by offering to solve any problem the aliens have). Unfortunately, the process of running calculations is not perfect. Every time it is used, thousands of people inexplicably go insane, raping and killing anything around them. Publically, this "madness" is blamed on drugs. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: Jim's mother]] later perfected the process and encoded the information in [[spoiler:Jim]]'s DNA (or did she?). This new process has no unpleasant side-effects but requires that the subjects be consciously aware of it and be willing.

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* In WilliamShatner's Creator/WilliamShatner's ''QuestForTomorrow'' books, [[spoiler:Jim Endicott's biological mother]] develops a way to link human minds to create the most powerful computer in the galaxy. Her partner ([[spoiler:and lover]]) only known as Delta usurps the technology and uses it to gain power for himself and influence for Earth (by offering to solve any problem the aliens have). Unfortunately, the process of running calculations is not perfect. Every time it is used, thousands of people inexplicably go insane, raping and killing anything around them. Publically, this "madness" is blamed on drugs. However, it turns out that [[spoiler: Jim's mother]] later perfected the process and encoded the information in [[spoiler:Jim]]'s DNA (or did she?). This new process has no unpleasant side-effects but requires that the subjects be consciously aware of it and be willing.
7th Jun '17 11:06:20 AM NXTangl
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* On the other hand, ''Betterman's'' sister series ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' entirely {{Avert|ed Trope}}s this. Although [[AllThereInTheManual the background information]] reveals that Volfogg's AI and personality were donated by a deceased secret agent, the creation of Goldymarg shows that this does ''not'' involve using the brain itself; rather, the donor's mind is scanned as a baseline, then the scanned brain pattern is modified with programming as necessary. This is done because a 'natural' Super-AI may take years to program and, even after activation, takes six months to mature to the point of being combat ready, and needs to be taught various information ''manually'' during this time. Importantly, a 'donated' Super-AI also seems to inherit its donor's loyalties, so it's probably not practical to use an unwilling participant.
7th Jun '17 10:15:39 AM NXTangl
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* ''Anime/Betterman'' has Dual Kinds, who are a mix of this and LivingBattery; they both power and control the Neuronoid robots by combining their "neural energy" through the use of a mysterious substance known as Linker Gel. [[spoiler:The control systems of both Neuronoids and many of the autonomous mecha in the series play this straighter--the ubiquitous BlackBox computer systems all contain one [[MindHive or more]] harvested brains. Neuronoids in particular originally used [[HumanResources multiple human brains]], but this practice ceased because the resulting Neuronoids retained enough awareness to become sentient and autonomous, [[PragmaticVillainy so Mode Warp started using primate, dog, and dolphin brains instead]].]]

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* ''Anime/Betterman'' ''{{Anime/Betterman}}'' has Dual Kinds, who are a mix of this and LivingBattery; they both power and control the Neuronoid robots by combining their "neural energy" through the use of a mysterious substance known as Linker Gel. [[spoiler:The control systems of both Neuronoids and many of the autonomous mecha in the series play this straighter--the ubiquitous BlackBox computer systems all contain one [[MindHive or more]] harvested brains. Neuronoids in particular originally used [[HumanResources multiple human brains]], but this practice ceased because the resulting Neuronoids retained enough awareness to become sentient and autonomous, [[PragmaticVillainy so Mode Warp started using primate, dog, and dolphin brains instead]].]]
7th Jun '17 10:15:20 AM NXTangl
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* ''Anime/Betterman'' has Dual Kinds, who are a mix of this and LivingBattery; they both power and control the Neuronoid robots by combining their "neural energy" through the use of a mysterious substance known as Linker Gel. [[spoiler:The control systems of both Neuronoids and many of the autonomous mecha in the series play this straighter--the ubiquitous BlackBox computer systems all contain one [[MindHive or more]] harvested brains. Neuronoids in particular originally used [[HumanResources multiple human brains]], but this practice ceased because the resulting Neuronoids retained enough awareness to become sentient and autonomous, [[PragmaticVillainy so Mode Warp started using primate, dog, and dolphin brains instead]].]]
1st Apr '17 5:59:59 PM dasuberkaiser
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* In ''Literature/IlivaisX'', the Phonos Weapons (which include the titular mech) are supposed to use their pilots like this. While they CAN be used with motion control, they tend to be controlled via mind synchronization. The four pilots are altered to be fragile, intelligent, and highly emotionally derailed, because the intent is that they stay in their unit until they are destroyed (which, given their effective regeneration and the pilots' immortality, may well never happen), turning into sentient processors for their machines.
* In the Wiki/SCPFoundation wiki, [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-763 SCP-763:]] a huge patch of MeatMoss supporting dozens of networked human brains. It's [[HumanResources looking for more]].
* Common in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', though the prevailing idea is that wetware can only get you past the second singularity or so. The lums of the [[MeaningfulName Red Star 'M'Pire]] went and disproved that by creating the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/48114a2e6b39a Silk God,]] a completely organic archailect possibly of the fourth toposophic. However, being the size of a solar system, it's still a lot less efficient than diamondoid-based inorganic fourth-toposophic 'J-nodes', which are only as big as large gas giants.
* In the sci-fi roleplaying site Star Army, due to their more primitive technology, the race known as "Gartagens" [[http://stararmy.com/wiki/doku.php?id=gartagens:computer_technology use these]] as the AI networks of their spaceships. Since they're depicted as OCD compared to humans, this actually does put them on an almost equal AI footing with the other races of the setting.
* Acrylic from ''Literature/NextBreedOfThief'' is one. [[spoiler:So is the system controlling [=MEPHISTO=].]]
* The character [[http://askarastuff.tumblr.com/ "ARA" (Artificial Relay Administrator)]] is a CatGirl cyborg designed to act as an organic supercomputer for a starship. During the cyberization process the parts of her brain that make her sentient were re-purposed for calculation, which most polities in the galaxy consider a crime against sentient life, [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/685054/ explained here.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Jamie, a boy with PhotographicMemory, is regularly plugged into a set of large [[BrainInAJar brains]] which help him store, organize, and process the information he gathers in a useful manner, letting him rapidly make connections between related memories. He essentially acts as an interface tool for the brains, collectively referred to as Project Caterpillar.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''Literature/IlivaisX'', the Phonos Weapons (which include the titular mech) are supposed to use their pilots like this. While they CAN be used with motion control, they tend to be controlled via mind synchronization. The four pilots are altered to be fragile, intelligent, and highly emotionally derailed, because the intent is that they stay in their unit until they are destroyed (which, given their effective regeneration and the pilots' immortality, may well never happen), turning into sentient processors for their machines.
* In the Wiki/SCPFoundation wiki, [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-763 SCP-763:]] a huge patch of MeatMoss supporting dozens of networked human brains. It's [[HumanResources looking for more]].
* Common in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', though the prevailing idea is that wetware can only get you past the second singularity or so. The lums of the [[MeaningfulName Red Star 'M'Pire]] went and disproved that by creating the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/48114a2e6b39a Silk God,]] a completely organic archailect possibly of the fourth toposophic. However, being the size of a solar system, it's still a lot less efficient than diamondoid-based inorganic fourth-toposophic 'J-nodes', which are only as big as large gas giants.
* In the sci-fi roleplaying site Star Army, due to their more primitive technology, the race known as "Gartagens" [[http://stararmy.com/wiki/doku.php?id=gartagens:computer_technology use these]] as the AI networks of their spaceships. Since they're depicted as OCD compared to humans, this actually does put them on an almost equal AI footing with the other races of the setting.
* Acrylic from ''Literature/NextBreedOfThief'' is one. [[spoiler:So is the system controlling [=MEPHISTO=].]]
* The character [[http://askarastuff.tumblr.com/ "ARA" (Artificial Relay Administrator)]] is a CatGirl cyborg designed to act as an organic supercomputer for a starship. During the cyberization process the parts of her brain that make her sentient were re-purposed for calculation, which most polities in the galaxy consider a crime against sentient life, [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/685054/ explained here.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', Jamie, a boy with PhotographicMemory, is regularly plugged into a set of large [[BrainInAJar brains]] which help him store, organize, and process the information he gathers in a useful manner, letting him rapidly make connections between related memories. He essentially acts as an interface tool for the brains, collectively referred to as Project Caterpillar.
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31st Mar '17 12:53:08 AM justanid
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In speculative fiction settings, particularly those where true artificial intelligence either doesn't exist or is shunned, it's sometimes the case that the brains of living beings, sapient or not, will be incorporated into machines and used for processing or command and control purposes. It varies whether the rest of bodies are retained.

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In speculative fiction settings, particularly those where true artificial intelligence {{artificial intelligence}} either doesn't exist or is shunned, it's sometimes the case that the brains of living beings, sapient or not, will be incorporated into machines and used for processing or command and control purposes. It varies whether the rest of bodies are retained.
24th Mar '17 11:40:01 PM GentlemensDame883
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* In ''VideoGame/{{XCOM 2}}'' it is revealed that [[spoiler:the Commander was being used as a living tactical processor by the aliens.]]
8th Mar '17 5:39:46 AM SniperJ
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* The Headmasters, Powermasters and Targetmasters of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers]] are organic beings that link into the HumongousMecha Transformers as heads, engines and weapons; rather than acting as the "mind" of the Transformers, though, they act in conjunction with their ArtificialIntelligence.

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* The Headmasters, Powermasters and Targetmasters of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers]] ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers]]'' are organic beings that link into the HumongousMecha Transformers as heads, engines and weapons; rather than acting as the "mind" of the Transformers, though, they act in conjunction with their ArtificialIntelligence.
25th Feb '17 4:32:58 PM nombretomado
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* The ArtificialHuman "Fatimas" of ''TheFiveStarStories'' are created to serve as living computers for the HumongousMecha known as Mortar Headds, so their SuperSoldier "Headdliner" partners can focus on controlling the mechs' movements & not wory about other stuff like its power supply or balancing.

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* The ArtificialHuman "Fatimas" of ''TheFiveStarStories'' ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'' are created to serve as living computers for the HumongousMecha known as Mortar Headds, so their SuperSoldier "Headdliner" partners can focus on controlling the mechs' movements & not wory about other stuff like its power supply or balancing.
20th Feb '17 4:00:37 AM SniperJ
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* ''ComicBook/MicronautsIDW'': The [[HumongousMecha Biotrons]] are incredibly powerful machines, but need to interface with an organic being to unlock the full spectrum of their abilities.


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* The Headmasters, Powermasters and Targetmasters of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers]] are organic beings that link into the HumongousMecha Transformers as heads, engines and weapons; rather than acting as the "mind" of the Transformers, though, they act in conjunction with their ArtificialIntelligence.
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