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Q&A Price's Law Sanity Check

Price's Law is a hypothesis that in an organization, or across an industry, roughly half the productive output is being generated by a number of people equal to the square root of those participati...

1 answer  ·  posted 6mo ago by James McLellan‭  ·  last activity 5mo ago by dsr‭

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Q&A How to Convince Humans to Allow a Machine Take-Over

In a lot of stories there are fights between man and machine; rogue AI that has decided humans are inferior in some respect and chooses to wipe them out. What if the only chance for any remnant of...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Varrick‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by celtschk‭

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Q&A "Life post-Singularity", or "How to survive without Instagram"

The Story The year is 2027, singularity happened. A powerful AI (let's call it Eve) was created. In a matter of days, it escaped the control of its creators and hacked all the computers of the wor...

14 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Babika Babaka‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by wizzwizz4‭

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Q&A Cruelty Free Vampirism [closed]

Setting: "One Big Lie" Sci-fi RPG The lies in this setting are an extension of relativity with a couple of extra dimensions allowing for FTL/Backwards Time Travel, and Thaumons. Thaumons (Magic B...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Douglas‭  ·  closed 2y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A What would be different if a person has broader visual spectrum than normal

What would be differently perceived from a person with broader visual spectrum than normal? So I've seen this question, especially the accepted answer, and it certainly is not what I'm looking for...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Hendrik Lie‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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Q&A Would a civilization living on a planet without a moon still come up with the concept of months?

We divide the year into months of ~30 days because that's roughly the period of the moon, adapted to fit a solar year. However, would a civilization living on a world with no moon but a year of ~3...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭

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Q&A Net shift of humans towards introversion?

Extraversion and introversion are a central dimension in the Big Five personality model (or OCEAN model). Being introverted or extraverted may not be mutually exclusive, but, when averaging out ove...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭

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Q&A How can I prevent the invention of skyscrapers?

Introduction I want my story, set in the modern day, to have a unique architectural feel. Part of my strategy - no skyscrapers. Wikipedia: The term skyscraper was first applied to buildings o...

27 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by subdermatoglyphic‭

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Q&A What's a possible justification for Giants not taking over the world?

An extension to another question about Why would humans be the dominant species? In my story Giants, humans, and a bunch of other fantasy races live along side each other and i'm curious as to why...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A How can elves prevent specialization among their species?

Genetic chimerism is a condition in which a single organism is composed of cells with more than one distinct genotype. Elves inhabit this world, but do not possess magic in this reality. Instead, t...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A What attributes can fathers pass on through their spirit?

In this world, humans have a strange way of reproducing. When partners decide to conceive, A female must be inseminated at specified intervals by a male in order to pass on her genes. However, male...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A What problems would arise for the human species making itself into robots

In modern day society, few or many people have been fascinated with integrating robotic parts to their bodies. But sometimes that idea is taken to the next step, in which people want to have their ...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RotNDecay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RotNDecay‭

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Q&A Would Mind Uploaded People on Fast Computers have any Unique Skills or Knowledge?

In my setting, there are basically no biological life forms left, as everyone has either been mind-uploaded or is an artificial intelligence. It is supposed to take place at a very distant point i...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ZestyNesquik‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ZestyNesquik‭

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Q&A Is there any function in society that requires male strength?

This came out of a discussion of an all female colony world, but I'm interested in the more general version of this question. Is there any function in society that requires male levels of strength ...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A Could Volcanism Provide a Large "Heat Oasis" in a Polar Desert?

So there is an Antarctic like continent in my setting; and just like Antarctica it is the largest and most inhospitable desert in the planet due to how absolutely cold it is. But what if there wa...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A Could I build a nuclear reactor based on Bernoulli's principle?

So I was recently inspired by the answers that I saw on this stack exchange to the following question: Feasibility of H.G. Wells' Continuously-Exploding Atomic Bombs And it occurred to me that you...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stack Tracer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Stack Tracer‭

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Q&A How would aliens abduct an entire nation of millions from a planet?

I am looking for as hard science answers as possible, but I am willing to bend some rules for a good answer. Assume they need to move 10 million 100 million people off of a planet what technology...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by LukasExemplar‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by LukasExemplar‭

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Q&A How to explain a planet with visible cosmos at daytime?

So I'm working on a fictional planet which would experience a daytime sky similar to this. This particular picture is from the movie Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. Fictional alien atmosph...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by JordanTheCynic‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JordanTheCynic‭

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Q&A Inhabiting Mars versus going straight for a Dyson swarm

My question is as follows - let's assume our objective function is to have as many humans as possible living outside the confines of the Earth as soon as possible. For this, we need to provide thos...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Rohit Pandey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rohit Pandey‭

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Q&A Could you fly a Boeing 747 on Venus?

I have been making a future colonization scenario where people have vast colonies on Mars and cloud top bases on Venus. These things are unbelievably large. I've already thought of a way to travel ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Greenie E. - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A Fantasy and the germ theory

When developing a medival fantasy realm, especially one with no known healing and restoration magic, one may need to develop the people's understanding of science and medicine. A unique example of ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Austin Trigloff‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Austin Trigloff‭

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Q&A Why do goblins never form societies bigger than about 500 members?

The goblins in my world are classical fantasy goblins. They aren't too smart, have primitive technology, live in tribes, and use tamed boars, wolves, and other wild animals. They usually have a bos...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheDyingOfLight‭

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Q&A Could Megapodes be a Superior Food Source than Chicken?

The Megapodes are a family of birds in the galliformes order. They live primarily in Australia and are notable in being extremely precocial and laying more eggs than any other bird. They build larg...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A How feasible is a mobile city that sails across a salt flat?

Imagine a huge salt flat like Bonneville or Salar de Uyuni. Due to other logistical concerns, commerce between the economic powers on either side of the flat is forced travel across it. This has re...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by tinydoctor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by tinydoctor‭

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Q&A Evolutionary advantage for recurve fang in dragons

In medieval times, news of dragons attacking the outskirts of the villages is flooding in. The King is losing patience. According to witnesses, these dragons can lift cows and occasionally elephant...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What motivates this species?

In my story, there is a planet that experiences near constant sunlight. Since sunlight so plentiful and reliable most organisms are, at least in part, photosynthetic. The only intelligent life on ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Aetherfox‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Aetherfox‭

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Q&A Rights of AIs in far future

We've just started 36th century, humanity is colonizing stars right and left. Technology is well developed, you know, typical Sci-Fi stuff. In 23rd century we finally were able to create true AI. ...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Guy with jewels' names‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Guy with jewels' names‭

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Q&A Could an alien species from lower gravity survive on Earth?

I remember reading this thing somewhere about how humans born in zero gravity environments would likely be taller than Earth-bound humans but also more fragile and unable to handle Earth's gravity ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by PastelSkulls‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by PastelSkulls‭

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Q&A whats the highest a group of Yetis live?

A long time ago a group of proto-giants moved high up into a the Sodo-Himalayas. Yetis commonly live up on high mountain plains some of basic characteristics of Yetis are: are as intelligent as ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by icewar1908‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by icewar1908‭

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Q&A What aspects in the dark ages regarding family would be affected by this change in biology?

Sort of a follow up: What change in human biology would lead to wild gestational periods? In an alternate world during the middle ages, women are regularly with child for more than a year, with th...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A What structures would allow random strangers to perform a musical number?

I am an alien from outer space who is visiting a planet called Earth. The species living here, humans, have a very primitive and strange culture. They seem to spontaneously burst into dance and son...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How to translate various human cultures into animal cultures?

I'm making a story where the main character travels the world. The world is made up of anthropomorphic animals. The animals would still have the urges of animals, But they become more sapient. Dog...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by KittyPuppooski‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by KittyPuppooski‭

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Q&A How long would it take for segregate human populations to speciate to a point where they could not interbreed?

Coming from an earlier asked question, I was wondering how long it would take (potentially a range) for two human populations that are separated from each other to speciate enough that they would n...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andrew Su‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Andrew Su‭

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Q&A Blue soil (aka dirt) in an earth-like planet?

How could blue soil exist, in a realistic earth-like world. The world may even be earth. First off is it even possible - could soil like this exist given the requirements below? (if not then why?)...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by R. Smyth‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by R. Smyth‭

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Q&A How plausible is a 'tilted axis' planet with a "south pole" constantly facing toward its star?

The basic concept of this planet is that, the planet has a tilted axis (you probably guessed that already) which results in the South Pole constantly facing towards the sun. This would result in th...

14 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sgtwolf00‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sgtwolf00‭

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Q&A What could cause the majority of people to live in space habitats?

So I'm thinking here about the sort of setting like Eclipse Phase, in which virtually all of humanity lives in a wide range of space habitats because of an apocalypse on Earth. I am imagining a var...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A How would this alien sensory system function?

Now a change from dragon questions: Let's move onto aliens based on mythological creatures! Most land creatures on the planet of Antiquoloci have a strange sensory system in place of a nose, doing...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RadioGoblin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RadioGoblin‭

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Q&A Is this dragon anatomy viable?

The image is quite old so bear with me. This dragon is similar in shape and movement to a snake, with light-weight armor plating on its back. Flowers, which honestly look like antennae, blooming...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by RadioGoblin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RadioGoblin‭

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Q&A Myelination in cephalopods

I am a complete amateur regarding biology, so please forgive me if this question is a little stupid. Could we ever create squids that have human-level intelligence and could serve as a replacement ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A Transporting radioactive fuels

Imagine a light spaceship capable of traveling at 0.999c is tasked to tow a radioactive cargo containing millions of tons of polonium and radium, however the container holding the radioactive mater...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A what makes a disease deadly?

I am writing a story, in which a mad scientist (based on Ted Kaczynski) wants to kill as many people as possible with an artificially created disease. The idea is, that more complex societies are ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jonathan Böcker‭

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Q&A Why is dwarfism considered an advantage for jobs in space?

First, a clarification: Dwarfism is the umbrella term for 200+ medical conditions that result in short stature. Since this is Worldbuilding, my question refers to human beings with genetic dwarfis...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by wetcircuit‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by wetcircuit‭

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Q&A Pre industrial form of rapid mass transit over land

I have a world that isn't an exact analogue to medieval technology, closer to the late 1700s in terms of culture and agriculture/metallurgy, only without gunpowder. I have them ahead of real histor...

8 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rick D‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rick D‭

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Q&A How would humans live in a world made primarily of glass?

Setup: Earth developed in an alternate universe with small oceans and little water. A little before animals first left the oceans and began to walk on land, when all of Earth's land was barren sand...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Rory M. Tims‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Rory M. Tims‭

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Q&A Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Noah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Noah‭

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Q&A What goals to give to a desirable optimizer AI?

Most of people knowing a bit about AI know the concept of paper-clipper, an AI that was meant to produce more paperclips and eventually turn the entire universe into paperclips at maximum efficienc...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by SF.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SF.‭

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Q&A Would 5 years be long enough for a small society to start producing a surplus of food?

Would a community of around 300 people be able to start producing plentiful food in ~5 years post a civil war and plague? They were an isolated quite wealthy community, in a sub-tropical area, mai...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Elfie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Elfie‭

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Q&A Could a government control its people using frequencies?

Setting: Earth, in the future, near 2060 or 2100 Technology: a bit more advanced than ours Armies and police forces are already using systems for crowd control. Some devices can generate disco...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Vincent‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vincent‭

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Q&A Unpredictable reactors which like to explode by default

In my world, alien 'reactors' are discovered that are very efficient at creating power (around 1000x better than fission), as well as requiring little fuel, making them the perfect power source. H...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by mono‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by mono‭

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Q&A Creating convincingly alien viewpoints

Most aliens tend to be humans with bumpy foreheads and/or pointy ears. Even when they do have differences then usually it is an entire species being portrayed as a particular brand of human. For ex...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tim B‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tim B‭

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