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A technical machine, also often referred to as a TM, is a device used to rapidly induce the learning of new techniques to a Pokémon. The benefits of the use of such technology is readily apparent- a move that could take long periods of training to learn could be learned in an instant, or moves otherwise never available to a Pokémon can be taught. This drastically improves a Pokémon's flexibility in battle, and proper selection of moves can ensure that a Pokémon who would normally have little chance of overcoming a type disadvantage suddenly has the upper hand- this sort of phenomenon has been seen time and time again, with Water-types using Ice-type moves to overcome Grass pokemon, or Electric types using Fighting-type moves to defeat Rock/Ground Pokémon.
The exact processes that a technical machine uses to teach the moves are fiercely guarded trade secrets, though speculation and theories claim the machines do everything from restructure DNA and body structure forcibly, to bizarre theories on psychic or mystic augmentation that suggest the machines could be likened to spellbooks for Pokémon. More practical minded researchers not affiliated with TM-producers have put forth a more down-to-earth suggestion, that the machines merely awaken latent abilities that were there all along and were somehow made dormant via natural selection.
The current process of a teaching machine is nigh-instantaneous and painless. One downside however, is that, for reasons still unknown despite exhaustive research, a Pokémon can only remember four moves at any given time. This means that a trainer must make crucial decisions as to what moves their Pokémon will remember, and which it can afford to forget. Caution should be taken, however- Pokémon have their own preferences to moves, and may object- quite forcibly- to having a seemingly useless or inane move replacing a tried and true technique. However, many if not all trainable Pokémon will come around if shown the new move is a boon to them- one such example involved a rather irate Gyarados, furious with being made to forget Bite in place of the Thunderbolt technique, who became much more accepting of the loss when it found it could now deal with mating rivals with ease.
Theories have been put forth that perhaps Alakazam, a Pokémon with incredible memory, could be key in discovering a means to overcome this limitation, but such studies have ended in failure. One empath, on conversation with an Alakazam, claimed to be told the reasons for such were akin to why one could not put all the world's oceans in a single 1 gallon jug, and any further inquiry was met with rebuff or silence.
Pre-League-regulation T Ms
were highly unreliable, prone to only allowing temporary use of a move, causing brain damage ranging from memory loss to insanity, and fatal mutations in a Pokémon's genetic structure. For this reason, T Ms
have a history of being mistrusted by some, who see them as tampering with nature for man's amusement. In recent years, however, safety measures along with League inspections have resulted in no confirmed reports of legal T Ms
resulting in anything more detrimental than the normal loss of a move, though black-market T Ms
still do exist and have been known to cause injury and death in Pokémon. Despite this, T Ms
now only suffer minor controversy regarding safety, to the point that Gym Leaders have found it a tradition to hand out T Ms
related to their type to successful challengers.
More recently controversy, however, concerns the sudden switch from disposable T Ms
to reusables. This switch has been met with euphoric rejoicing among trainers and doomsday wails among those financially tied to the TM manufacturing business. Obviously, a TM that can be used again and again is a boon to a trainer with more than one Pokémon that can use the move in question, however, to TM manufacturers, it means that repeat business will suffer. For example, the coveted Ice Beam, Flamethrower, and Thunderbolt T Ms
are now being treated as family heirlooms rather than oneshot, expensive gifts. Opponents of the new reusable T Ms
claim that such a switch will kill the TM industry as a whole: "Why buy a TM when you can ask a neighbor to borrow one for three seconds?" was one rhetorical question asked by a distraught employee at a TM production site. Whether the reusable models are temporary or permanent is yet to be seen, although old trainers are scrambling to get new versions of their favorite T Ms
It was apparently posted by someone called "Mr Wacked," any thoughts?