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Q&A How to render Venus semi-habitable?

It must be very dark and hot on the surface of Venus, but my humans want to change that and make a Venusian colony. The problem? The extremely thick atmosphere would make it problematic to say the ...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JDSweetBeat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JDSweetBeat‭

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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 How do I get rid of the Earth or local Solar System?

Assuming interstellar travel, and self-sufficient colonies in other star systems, what are some methods of destroying the Earth while leaving minimal impact on the colonies? Context I would like ...

17 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by James‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by James‭

Question space futurology
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Q&A Humans as Pets?

Related, and in continuation to The Challenge of Controlling an Advanced AI. At this point in my story, I'm assuming a got-out-of-the-box-AI scenario, where no singleton (a single self-coherent dom...

18 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A The Challenge of Controlling a Powerful AI

By now, everyone is familiar with the remarkable achievements of special-purpose AIs like Deep Blue and Watson. Now, it is clear that as our accumulated knowledge of algorithmic methods and of the ...

27 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A Killing a star safely

A messenger from the stars just arrived in peace but has brought horrible news. A vast swarm of planet devouring phototropic insects are approaching from deep space and our only hope is to obscure ...

20 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Henry Taylor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Henry Taylor‭

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Q&A The universe is in a long, slow decline to darkness (the stars are going out) - What can we do about it?

The universe is in a long, slow decline to darkness Sorry folks but it's true, read the article! Here's a much edited-down version: The universe is cooling down, its stars pumping out about h...

14 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in sci-fi future?

I'm trying to write a 'gundam like' series, though with space fighters instead of humanoid robots. I want a semi-hard science world, I'm okay with making up technology without fully explaining how...

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

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Q&A How to evolve a reptile into a wyvern, 100 million years in the future?

First of all I would like to precise what my species of wyverns actually are. I do not plan to make them huge and gigantic like in many fantasy worlds. Instead they are rather small and can be the ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Victorbrine Cassini‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Victorbrine Cassini‭

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Q&A Terraform Mars or Dyson Ring?

Background: The main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is the closest and richest source of non terrestrial resources to Earth in the solar system. Even though it is vast its resources are ob...

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

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Q&A How powerful of a computer do I need to simulate and emulate a human brain?

The title is pretty self-explanatory. How powerful does a computer have to be before it has the hardware capability to simulate and emulate a human mind in real-time? I'm leaving the question of ...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A In a world without aging, how do we age?

EDIT: As it turns out the method I had thought of using to combat aging doesn't work the way I expected. As such I have rethought this question in more vague terms. New Question: Using current hyp...

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

Question biology futurology
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Q&A Personal fart power - is it viable?

It's the future and oil resources have run out. A scientist has suggested using personal fart power to meet our individual power needs. World governments are seriously considering this. They have ...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A Is there an actual use for Gold Tools?

I am running a sci-fi RPG. One of my players (the Engineer) has expressed interest in having a gold hammer. This seems pretty ridiculous to me as gold is soft and softness doesn't seem like a qua...

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

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Q&A Is it plausible that humanity goes extinct due to not making enough children? If not, what would make it more plausible?

With the increase in living standards, the number of children by women is decreasing in highly developed countries. Question: Is it conceivable (with the aggravating factors proposed below) to s...

14 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by dyarob‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by dyarob‭

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Q&A Could humans split into two species living on two separate planets?

This is inspired by The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells. In the book - in the far future - humans have split into two races, the Eloi, who live aboveground, and the Morlocks, who live underground. The...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A Balance between superintelligent AI and human race

I'm looking for flaws in my reasoning. My world is set in the near future, and AI technology is progressing rapidly. There are strict rules and regulations about AI development and the threat it p...

10 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Aeolus‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Aeolus‭

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Q&A What political structure would develop within an interplanetary civilization?

Conquest and discovery has been an important part of developing the global political structure of today's Earth. After we expand and settle other planets, whether within the same solar system or n...

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

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Q&A Humans Achieve Massive Increase In Average IQs -- But How?

The Average Human Achieves IQ Scores 60 Standard Deviations Above The Average Person of 2016 By the time the year 3016 rolls around, the human race for the first time ever has achieved an average ...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Thom Blair III‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Thom Blair III‭

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Q&A How would the road network change, after all cars are self-driving?

In a future where all cars and public services are self-driving the way, I am assuming traffic congestion would be seriously limited, if not removed completely, because the road network would also ...

10 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by guido‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by guido‭

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Q&A How many people would it take to crush a modern society on another planet?

We are an interplanetary human empire at war with an alien species. On the brink of defeat, this alien species designed a virus to turn the tide of war. This virus is airborne and highly contagio...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JDSweetBeat‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by JDSweetBeat‭

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Q&A What inventions/technology would we have to create to achieve a Type I status on the Kardashev scale?

Hope this isn't too broad. I tried to make it as easy to understand as possible. A list of these technologies would be great

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Max‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Max‭

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Q&A Can machines take over without intelligence?

Scenarios for a technological singularity usually seem to wait for machine intelligence to exceed human intelligence. Say the consumer needs of humans are food, clothing, shelter, transportation, ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Witness Protection ID 44583292‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Witness Protection ID 44583292‭

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Q&A Why do we keep smoking in distant future?

You gotta admit. That roguish guy you just met at space bar looks cooler with cig in his mouth. Not only he always shoots first, but also he manages to do so while puffing awesomely looking clouds ...

21 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Starship(s) for a doomed Earth - which nations would band together for the funding?

Scenario On Earth in the latter half of the 21st century: the increasing ravages of climate change (e.g. droughts and a rising sea level) are creating more conflict between nations over the batt...

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

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Q&A If true interplanetary and interstellar travel were achieved, would the decreasing mass of the earth become a problem?

Assuming that in the not too distant future space travel developed enough, that large numbers of ships and people were leaving the earth's surface on a regular basis. Would this ever reach a point ...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Alex Kinman‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Alex Kinman‭

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Q&A What would make real life "undo" possible?

Inspired by comment under this question "Darling, does this dress make me look fat? QUICKSAVE "Uhm ... no?" WRONG ANSWER, WANNA TRY AGAIN? We all dreamed about having possibili...

9 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Why certain (sub)cultures would reappear in a far future?

In my world, I want to create cultures resembling cultures of old Earth ages. This applies both to state structure and culture. (e.g. ancient Egypt revival) Since this does not happen spontaneousl...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Zoltán Schmidt‭

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Q&A Is there a reason to believe that programming languages are going to converge?

On Earth today, even though most people speak some English, there is seemingly no reason to believe that future generation's main language will be the same in decades/centuries to come (i.e., we'll...

20 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Sheraff‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Sheraff‭

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Q&A How to implement a Solar System sports body/federation?

Assume there is a point in time when every planet in our Solar System consists of colonies. Each colony is inhabited with civilians that primarily serve the purpose of its colony. Some colonies m...

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

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Q&A What could restrain post-singularity societies from spreading across the Galaxy?

Imagine a world in which technology we would probably call "technological singularity" is possible and already happened on few places of the galaxy. By the singularity I do not mean that anything i...

20 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Irigi‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Irigi‭

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Q&A How many entities would a post-singularity A.I. in a world recognize itself as?

So we make code for an A.I., and it makes better code, which makes better code, which makes better code, etc... ad infinitum. I'm not going to specify its goal. Maybe it's Robot Overlord Green. May...

9 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by PyRulez‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by PyRulez‭

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Q&A Who should mine the Asteroids? Humans or Robots?

Discounting the actually quite good idea of having the asteroids be the site of colonization would it be better to use human miners or automated ones? Both would probably deliver the goods by unma...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by King-Ink‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by King-Ink‭

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Q&A Effect of red giant phase on the Solar System

Scenario run-down. Several billion years from now, Sol has finally exhausted its hydrogen supplies and has entered the red giant phase. It has already been increasing in lumosity for some time and ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Misza‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Misza‭

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Q&A Rate of deterioration for asphalt/blacktop and road signs

So I'm approaching this question the wrong way. Instead of asking how long a road would last (which is apparently too broad for stackex), let me tell YOU how long I want it to last and you can tell...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by J.R.‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by J.R.‭

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Q&A Jumping vs. FTL speeds: economic differences

At a crucial point in the development of human civilization, there is a split in the timeline: one where FTL travel is facilitated by jump-drives/wormholes, and another with superluminal speeds (St...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Vermilingua‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Vermilingua‭

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Q&A How would society change around a benevolent Superintelligent AI?

Let's make the following assumptions: Artificial Superintelligence (ASI) is inevitable, much like Y2K was. People assumed that this ASI would have the power to prevent any other ASI from being cr...

16 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Muz‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Muz‭

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Q&A Overpopulation . . . IN SPACE!

The government of Futurestan has finally decided to hear the voice of her people. It would seem that the protriotors access to malware, EMP-otovs, and weaponized angry glaring (and thermite. Lots o...

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

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Q&A Sol economy: What is optimal for production on earth?

Follow-up-question to this scenario: ~ 2750 A.D : Quite a few asteroids/celestial bodies have been move to a stable earth orbit and are beeing mined for ressources. I am currently designing the eco...

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

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Q&A How would a modern stealth suit be designed using the technologies available to mid XXI century civilization?

EDIT: Question timeframe changed from early XXI to mid-XXI century. Lets say 2040 decade-ish. You are the engineer in charge for the construction of the latest 's stealth suit. It should be the...

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

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Q&A Pirates of Earth

In a short story that I read (don't have the link, but the short story itself is not relevant to this question), it is set about a millennia from now, where humans have long since made contact with...

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

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Q&A How can we influence our own future world by encouraging evolution of non-human intelligent species?

I'm getting bored waiting for monkeys or dolphins or crows or whatever to just evolve human-level intelligence. Is there anything practical we can do to create more favorable "natural selection" co...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Scott Stafford‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Scott Stafford‭

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Q&A Future galactic economy

Considering a distant future where mankind has spread and inhabits lots of star systems. Would there be a justification for inter-system trade or exchanges ? FTL travel may be considered, but with ...

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

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Q&A Dangerous salty creature killing the triffids

This question is inspired by book The Day of the triffids and this question Russia and USA have never been really "friends", lets admit it. So we will not be surprised, that one of them (pick your...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Prison in space

The setup: Near future (maximum 50 years in future) where "only" thing changed is, that company SpaceX together with NASA and ESA found out, how to get cargo and people to space very cheap USA dec...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Pavel Janicek‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Pavel Janicek‭

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Q&A Humanity growing and spreading like a relentless plague

For the longest time growing up with Peak Oil and other such dire predictions, I assumed humanity had just about peaked, in terms of industrial-technological might and capacity to influence its env...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A Biology-centric civilization vs AI-based civilization

I wonder if it possible for human civilization to evolve into two different civilizations. One is controlled by artificial intelligence (or by uploaded human minds) and the other is biology-based ...

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

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Q&A Realistic Future Jobs for Men and Women

I'm trying to figure out realistic futuristic jobs for my characters. We're in a verge-of-singularity world, 15-25 years in the future. Convoluted neural networks and their even more awesome near-...

22 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Serban Tanasa‭

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Q&A What science-y stuff could hide an island?

I'm considering making a novel about something weird that really happened sort of: an island that was on every map of the world, but never really existed. The real deal is called a Phantom Island,...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Vector Lightning‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by Vector Lightning‭

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Q&A Classification system and measure of progress for science and technology branches and other areas of life

I'm working on modeling how a civilization can progress from some known state making conscious choices about the fields in which to apply its resources. Is there some good / theoretically sound / w...

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