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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 Why buy tech from the future?

The Demonstration You're a rich, successful CEO/capitalist working in the electronics business. Your R&amp;D division is exceptional and routinely fabs state of the art processors at bleeding edg...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jordan‭

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Q&A The economics of laser sails vs fusion rockets

What would be the economic trade offs of building fusion powered rockets vs building laser relays across the solar system? What assumptions would you need for each one of these to be the superior o...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A Human labor required to setup automated mining outpost on faraway planet?

Glossing over the technological implications of interstellar travel, what sort of human labor might still be required in a future where we are capable of setting up nigh-fully automated endeavors o...

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

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Q&A Why would anyone build robots when they have human rights?

I have read (and answered) the question: "If true artificially intelligent robots could be built, would they be allowed human rights?". But let's explore the topic from the other direction. Let's...

20 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Philipp‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Philipp‭

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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 What is a feasible timeframe for a super-reactor to obsolete all other energy sources?

A super-reactor was created by SRE, Inc (Super Reactor Energy), and it can provide as much clean energy as needed. There's no way to copy it or make another. It operates without problem or fuel - t...

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

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Q&A How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

In 2039, our company was the first to bring a safe and reliable solution to upload someone's mind to the cloud. Although it was 10 years ago, you probably remember the news, don't you? We guarantee...

28 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A How much tribute can a dragon get away with?

Okay, here's a classic situation: The countryside is plagued by a dragon, who demands tribute from the local city on the basis of them being in his territory. Now, the dragon here doesn't actuall...

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

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Q&A Perils of having a moon consisting of valuable material

In the 1960s we were disappointed to find that the moon is a pile of dust and rubble with no easily accessible valuable materials. Well, we kind of knew it before that, but we weren't sure. Anyway,...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Solar Bear‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Solar Bear‭

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Q&A What kind of transport infrastructure would there be in a new planetary colony?

Say humanity have the luxury to start anew. Colonizing a planet where speed of colonization is not an issue. Let's assume planet conditions and gravity pull similar to Earth. Technology relatively ...

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

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Q&A What's the most profitable use for an elemental transmuter?

The cold fusion generator is ready, loaded with tons of heavy water. The scientists stand by ready to measure the energy output of the amazing new technology. They turn it on, and as expected, ge...

15 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Stephen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Stephen‭

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Q&A What Planetary resources would be most valuable for a Space Exploration world?

What resources would be most valuable to enhancing space travel, establishing new colonies, be cause for invasion, etc?

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

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Q&A Will asteroid mining be economical in foreseeable future?

I see that asteroid mining had already been extensively discussed in the context of today's technology (Ex. Is Asteroid Harvesting economic?) and the answer is a definitive "No" - it's not economic...

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

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Q&A Choosing a World's/Region's/etc. Interest Rates

In several RPG campaigns, I've seen player characters try to either make investments or borrow significant amounts of money. This made me wonder: which sorts of worlds should have interest rates th...

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

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Q&A How can the artificial womb be made affordable for the common people?

The artificial womb has become a reality, freeing many women from the 9 month burden of carrying a child. Unfortunately, it was not the liberating game changer that feminists hoped it would be. The...

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

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Q&A In a 'Zootopia' situation who's in power, the Elephant or the Mouse?

Imagine a situation kind of like Zootopia with many different creatures all living in one environment, some significantly larger than others. These species aren't necessarily furries like in Zooto...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A Justifying Affordable Bespoke Spaceships

Any story about an independent, self-owned tramp spaceship crew tends to implicitly or explicitly raise the question of how the crew got a spaceship, how it afforded it, and why it doesn't just sel...

29 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by vicky_molokh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by vicky_molokh‭

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Q&A Which moon is most favourable as a refuelling station?

My hypothetical gas giant has five major moons. Three of those moons are icy bodies with abundant water ice and volatiles. Any of these could provide fuel for translunar spacecraft, or for spacecra...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Arkenstein XII‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Arkenstein XII‭

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Q&A Justification of physical currency in an interstellar civilization?

I have seen a similar-ish question on here, but it doesn't quite match my inquiry. Suppose you have an interstellar civilization (the means of travel between stars being stable two-way wormholes o...

17 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Cereza‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Cereza‭

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Q&A How would digital currency work on a intergalactic scale with limited FTL loopholes?

Another question got me interested in this. How would finances work when there would frequently be long delays for confirmations of transactions? Let's say there are Jump Gates/Artificial Wormholes...

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

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Q&A What would a country need to survive isolation?

What can a country do to become self sufficient in isolation and can it improve its technology as fast as countries such as the USA, Japan, or Russia?

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Hegao‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Hegao‭

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Q&A What is the cheapest way to move large amounts of trade goods to orbit?

Given a world with similar size and atmospheric composition to Earth that has a commodity export, be it grain or oil etc, that has trade with other planets, what would be best way to orbit massive ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by knowads‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by knowads‭

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Q&A FTL travel is impossible. How is interstellar trade possible?

Assume a universe depressingly like ours, in which special relativity holds. No hyperspace, no warp drive, no wormholes, and even the limited get-out clauses offered by real world physics either do...

26 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Lostinfrance‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Lostinfrance‭

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Q&A How could an multi-world economy exist if FTL communication, but not travel, existed?

Imagine that we one day invent an ansible, capable of near-instantaneous FTL communication, but we can not transport physical matter any faster than light. Imagine also that we have gotten to the ...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A Most cost-effective way to fence in an alien wildlife preserve

As a linguist aboard a terraforming mission, you arrive at a new planet. The planet, orbiting a G2V star, has copious amounts of wildlife and some sentient lifeforms. However, you, interpreting an ...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JSCoder says Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JSCoder says Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A What geographic characteristics for a world would be needed/be most beneficial for airships to be a common mode of transportation?

Airships are a hallmark of countless steampunk and dieselpunk constructed universes. Of course, in our world, they were around for a short while. I want to know what effects geographical circumstan...

15 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by artist_designer‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by artist_designer‭

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Q&A How do I actually mine an asteroid?

Obviously, you can't just send a bunch of out-of-work Kentucky coal miners up there to give it a go. You need some sort of specialized equipment. What I want to know is: what equipment will it be? ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A What would it take to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain?

I had this idea the other day just for the heck of debating about if it would be feasible to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain. I mean from St-John's (Newfoundl...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by user178386‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user178386‭

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Q&A How might an economy in which multiple planets are involved function?

I created the above illustration to help convey my meaning, here is what everything means so that you can read it effectively: E = Earth V = Venus M = Mars The dots in the lower left hand cor...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Backing Futuristic "Credits" with Energy?

A lot of worldbuilders that I know and have spoken too, insist that unbacked currencies and items with constantly changing values would be what the economy is based on. I, however, am skeptical of ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tevo77777‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tevo77777‭

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Q&A Food economy of pre-civilization carnivorous humanoids

Imagine a race of humanoids who only eat meat, and are unable to digest vegetables. Is it possible for these humanoid to be able too create/gather enough food(meat) to the point that job specializ...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by grimmsdottir‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by grimmsdottir‭

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Q&A In a post-fossil fuel economy, what could natural gas pipelines be used for?

The United States (as well as many other countries) is covered in a vast network of tubes: These tubes vary greatly in diameter. Some could hardly fit a baseball, while others are large enough ...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pink Sweetener‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pink Sweetener‭

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Q&A How can a colony of teleporters make the most money while keeping their teleportation a secret?

The Situation A colony of 100 teleporters (between the ages of 20-40) have been hidden away living like monks for 1000's of years to prevent their detection. With the death of their old leader, a...

39 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by scohe001‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by scohe001‭

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Q&A How to explain the lack of artificial pollination in space colonies?

My story is set in the future where space travel is cheap and humanity has colonized Mars and some parts of the asteroid belt. Asteroid colonies can grow their own staple food, but crops that requi...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by M Arif Rahman Winandar‭

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Q&A What goods would be worth trading between Earth and Mars?

Mars is a cold, inhospitable, slightly damp ball of rock that would be very difficult to do things like grow crops on. However, it's also very far away. Far enough that, presumably, it would probab...

10 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by ckersch‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by ckersch‭

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Q&A How would Earth-Mars trade work with a Musk-like colony?

Let's take a world that is based heavily on Elon Musk's specific ideas of Mars colonization, to whit: Launch technology from Earth evolves to be to &lt;$100/lb cost to launch ratio, due to reusab...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by DVK‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by DVK‭

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Q&A Would a planet-sized computer like a Jupiter Brain or a Matrioksha brain be more expensive to build than the Death Star?

If a Galaxy-wide Civilization like Star Wars were to build a Jupiter brain or Matrioksha brain, would it probably cost more to build then the Death Star? In Star Wars the Darth Star was over a tri...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user73829‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user73829‭

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Q&A How can I enforce the use of CRT monitors?

For reference: I am thinking of a story where travel between worlds exists, but people have to "start over" on each world. So they can't just take their current computers to a new world. The monit...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Wolfie_Waffle‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Wolfie_Waffle‭

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Q&A If a "perfect battery" model was created today, what would be the main societal changes?

Flash news: Dr. Handwave have discovered a way to store energy, without loss, and for unlimited time. The battery has the following characteristics: Electric: Can be charged by any electric sou...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by DrakaSAN‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by DrakaSAN‭

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Q&A How plausible is this as a corporate motivation?

250 years in the future, humanity has colonized Mars and the Moon, and built thousands of orbiting outposts and hundreds of O'Neill cylinders in the zone between Venus and Jupiter. The key enabler ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A What would merfolk economies look like?

This is a world with underwater merfolks and other humanoids. They have opposable thumbs, so they can use tools humans can use. Lets assume there's different subspecies and races of these merfolks,...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by pimmen‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by pimmen‭

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Q&A What substances would be really valuable if transmuting material printers would exist?

Far Future. Almost every household has a 'fabber'. You put raw materials in it (can be almost anything) and it does what you program it to do. It transmutes the raw materials into what is needed. T...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to make a theoretical economy grow when both average consumption of nonrenewable resources per person and total population are constant?

This is a problem of my imaginary country Zeroth Reich. I imagined that this country is populated with literal eco-fascists. Both the people and the government care about Mother Nature a lot and de...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by user161005‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user161005‭

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Q&A Economic system to support Kessler Remediators, with maximum drama

After reading this question by Nick M (now closed) and exchanging some comments with him, I have some ideas related to the scenario. I realized that the comprehensive design covers several distinc...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A Economic systems for micronations in space

What are possible economic systems for use within a space-based industrial settlement? The different approaches are to be weighed by the competitve advantages they offer to their respective commun...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A How to use sound to replace signage

Background In an environment with little visibility/short line of sight, in a roughly medieval setting, people who wish to represent their business and guilds etc., choose do so using sounds/music...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Stephen DiMarco‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Stephen DiMarco‭

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Q&A What trade goods would spacers be able to offer Earthlings?

Background Moonshot entrepreneur Elon Branson funds a migration to space. Instead of spending billions of developing safe space technology, he instead finds volunteers and shoots them in to spac...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A Space colonization becoming economically recoverable

One of the big problems by manned space exploration and colonization, that it's insanely expensive. Building a colony on other celestial bodies - since it's impractical to bring back the acquired r...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by b.Lorenz‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by b.Lorenz‭

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Q&A Resources to justify long-distance space mining missions

Earth is setting up mining colonies on Tau Ceti e. But how can they justify the enormous cost of sending people there? ...Because during the initial exploratory missions, it was discovered that in ...

16 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Seth‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Seth‭

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