The games do not portray biometal as a material.
It's described as displaying autonomous regeneration, memory, anastomosis, symbiosis and parasitism. These are not characteristics portrayed by materials, these are characteristics innate to living things.
So it is a tissue. The better! The topic exactly regards also the case whether in the future we should see the fluent mingle between material and tissue, transgressing the present understanding of body and what a human being is? The same question I have regarding the biometal as shown in Battlezone II
with race known as Scion, which itself is very much System Shock 2
, taking the concept of unity. Mind I am yet through the plot so some things could remain mysterious to me, but the fact the ships may change their shapes or assume any shape when necessary to appeal to a tertiary perceiver, indicates there is more to this than just the way the thing is constructed. Though Battlezone II
is a game and things need to get simplified, following arbitrary rules, I always wonder how Scion has any pilots and how is it possible for the humans to capture a Scion ship. Scion ships should be the pilots themselves, morphed in a particular way. These are definitely far from human. Therefore sniping the ship is killing the ship. There could be a way to "reawake" the ship with some mastermind sort-of-constructor, planting a second awareness or stuff, but come on, humans steering Scion ships like a regular technical device? It is clear Scion is way beyond that. They are organisms more than machines, taking our present understanding. On the other hand, what if the ship just morphs into what the most active mind around expects, thus appealing to a human pilot as a human likely ship? Pilots should have reported that as unusual, though. Unless they are so familiar with biometal that it is just normal to them, which I doubt. Still, what is biometal without any mental resonnance around? What is the primary form? When can we say there is lack of any mental resonnance around, taking even a planet can be taken as some sort of consciousness?
That said there's nothing about telepathy in the games at all, so I don't know where you got that from.
Creativity. It would take training to master biometal control, as well as have clean biometal samples. Perhaps certain pieces of biometal develop bond with certain owners. Unskillful handling of biometal could lead to the strongest mental power coming to primary voice, that is subconsciousness, which in turn could lead to shaping of quite random forms, behaving in quite random ways. What about strong emotions, such as fear, doubt, aggression, joy?
To answer the question, humankind hasn't shown itself to be responsible enough to handle much of the technology we develop. We keep killing each other over petty disagreements with it, or making mistakes because we don't understand it properly and killing ourselves with it. How are we expected to handle exposure to alien life of any intelligence, particularly one as dangerous as biometal?
Presently our technology rockets, but science in general experiences ups and downs with significant leaps. Take a look at how the world has changes in the recent half a decade. Elderly people oftentimes have difficulties finding themselves nowadays, which is sad, yet clearly indicates the strength of the process. Civilization changes our minds and through that, changes the culture. Maybe there are also leaps in understanding, embraced by the collective when grounded enough.