- Accidental Innuendo: This stanza from "The Last Moment of Clarity":
"Tune in the sky
Ubiquitous and natural
Carry the light
And take it deeper and deeper inside."
- Broken Base: Emotional Technology was panned by some fans on release for going way too far into pop and rock music. These Hopeful Machines got similar treatment for seeming to be "more of the same". Adding to the fire is This Binary Universe, a downtempo glitchtronica opus that was released between these two albums, that had won over its own sizeable fanbase. Once THM came out, these new fans became disappointed at what was also perceived to be a step backward.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: After much prodding from *NSYNC, BT helped produce "Pop": what he describes as "Michael Jackson meets Max Headroom," directing Justin Timberlake to sing more like Michael Jackson. The moment of awesome would have been BT having a mainstream hit, but it's actually a tandem moment of awesome when at the 2001 VMAs, during *NSYNC's performance, Michael Jackson himself shows up for his comeback, dancing to BT's track. To repeat, the man who inspired BT to produce "Pop" ended up dancing to his song.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Now has its own page.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: "Never Gonna Come Back Down", with its increasingly absurd Word Salad Lyrics. By the ending, BT himself is cracking up at Mike Doughty's performance, and includes the reaction in the ending.
- Crowning Music of Awesome - At least one track per album. Highlights include "Nocturnal Transmission", "Dreaming", "Flaming June", "P A R I S", "Simply Being Loved (Somnambulist)", "1.618", "The Emergency", "13 Angels on My Broken Windowsill", "Skylarking" and "Tomahawk".
- *NSYNC's "Pop", which was produced by BT.
- This Binary Universe.
- One word. KIMOSABE.
- Even Better Sequel: These Hopeful Machines definitely improved on the trance-pop and rock songs of Emotional Technology. The same could be said for Movement in Still Life's improvements on ESCM and If the Stars Are Eternal So Are You and I's improvements on This Binary Universe.
- Fridge Brilliance: This Binary Universe was inspired by his daughter and was also dedicated to his deceased dog. The fifth track "See you on the other side" was mostly dedicated to his dog and the music video was a picture of his dog split up into fractals among other visual noise. Fast forward to "These Hopeful Machines", the music video for "Rose of Jericho" has a similar color motif and overall is very reminiscent of "See you on the other side", but it doesn't kick in why until you see what a ''Rose of Jericho'' is.
- In Memoriam: This Binary Universe has one in the liner notes for his dog Tootsie, who had died some time during the album's production.
- The Woobie: Between having his laptop stolen, his house broken into and his custom Stutter Edit software stolen, and his daughter briefly kidnapped, being BT isn't easy...
- Iron Woobie: ... but he hasn't given up, eventually publishing Stutter Edit to the public and getting his daugher back.