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Q&A High-Energy Exhaust Shielding for Far-Future Drive

Imagine a far-future spacecraft drive that accelerates its reaction mass to a small fraction the speed of light (say, 1,000 km/s). Say the mass flow rate to the drive were 1kg/s, and say the reacti...

1 answer  ·  posted 12mo ago by Josh Hyatt‭  ·  last activity 8mo ago by James McLellan‭

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Q&A How do you find a mate when everyone looks amazing?

We have modern humans found in a near future, first world country on Earth. The primary technological advancements are in the form of extremely cheap and fast genome sequencing ($10USD/genome) and...

15 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Green‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by celtschk‭

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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 "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 How long will it be until the cosmic microwave background is undetectable?

I've had a number of interesting conversations with people about how the cosmic microwave background (CMB) will evolve in the future. The CMB is the sea of photons left over from the epoch of recom...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  edited 2y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A TotalRewind™ (brain chip)

In 2015 we can rewind the TV, our CCTV footage and, if we wear an action cam, our latest adventure. However if we walk down the street and something happens we didn't quite catch, the annoying fact...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A With as much scientific accuracy as possible, how would chemicals injected in one's body be removed?

I am currently writing the world, setting and characters for a project of mine called the ORION Project - a story set in a dystopian America in the near future of 2050, where the government has tak...

7 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by scriptyshake‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by scriptyshake‭

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Q&A What would encourage multiple animal species to evolve human features simultaneously?

The setting is fifty-five million years in the future on Earth, with multiple humanoid species that have different ancestors, but share similar characteristics. Their ancestors would be animals tha...

8 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Lizardsaurus‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Lizardsaurus‭

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Q&A How would hands or hand-like appendages evolve from ray-finned fishes?

Tetrapods evolved fingers from the inner-bones of the fins of lobe-finned fish, could hands ever evolve from ray finned fishes if they were to become fully terrestrial, from a mud skipper ancestor?

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Double_S‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Double_S‭

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Q&A Finding ways to robots feel pleasure

Given a world where a human-like brain is synthetizable, I wonder: A human-like artificial brain would most likely crave sensorial overwhelm. Pleasure to humans is something deeply associated with...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Guilherme Vogt‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Guilherme Vogt‭

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Q&A How would evolution be influenced by the remnants of humanities servant robots?

So let me explain the frame/world first, I actually think all of it is relevant as some details would probably have quite the impact on the outcome. I was hesitant to post the question as it's quit...

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

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Q&A Could a more convenient form of energy transfer/storage than electricity be possible?

I was thinking about the progress that has been made in terms of energy usage for e.g. transport purposes and noticed how the prominent source of energy had changed over time: first muscle power, t...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A Will be electronics production in zero or low gravity possible and how soon?

On the Earth's surface, we look back to an ultimately high tech evolution of computer hardware and according integrated circuit manufacturing appliances. The knowledge required to build robust mod...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by J. Doe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by J. Doe‭

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Q&A What average global temperature would optimize Earth for human habitability?

The year is 2100. While climate change has wrought serious damage to the biosphere, humanity has at last managed to become carbon neutral, and has even developed technology that can be used to redu...

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

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Q&A How soon does the Earth's surface re-solidify after the red-giant Sun is replaced with a different star?

(Note: This is a follow-up question to my previous one: Moved into further orbits to protect them, how much damage do Earth and Moon take when the Sun expands?) Thanks to clever stellar engineerin...

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

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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 Moved into further orbits to protect them, how much damage do Earth and Moon take when the Sun expands?

Short version A far future catastrophe burns/melts away large chunks of the Earth and Moon. For reasons related to my story's fantasy elements, the remains of the Moon have about one fifth their or...

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

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Q&A How much energy does a bee/micro robot need per second of flight?

In my scifi setting small utility robot swarms are used for many purposes. I'm currently trying to estimate how much energy such a swarm would need to operate. Since biology, robotics and nanotechn...

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

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Q&A Hidden specks will blow up the world if overheated: how bad a thing is this?

I'd encourage you to take about 4 min to read the whole post. Multiple masses of parabanic acid appear at random around the world (but see Context and constraints), displacing any matter in their ...

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

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Q&A How large would a space station have to be to hold one million people indefinitely?

A moon-sized asteroid approaches Earth in the near future, where space tourism has become normal. The Earth has a few satellite structures above Mars conducting research, as well as successful terr...

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

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Q&A How long do you think advanced cybernetic implants would plausibly last?

I've been trying to answer this question for a premise involving a cyborg being out of touch with modern civilization for a prolonged period of time, and the roadblock I keep hitting is that counte...

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

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Q&A If an Alcubierre Drive is possible, can you communicate FTL without a vessel?

Assume that an Alcubierre drive is feasible. In fact, assume that one has been built. A superluminal starship can propel itself through space by distorting space in front of it and behind it. Howev...

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

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Q&A Could we use telescopes and mirrors in space to see crime in the past via analog?

Could a perfect mirror/s be made to reflect one side of the Earth from the edge of the solar system and viewed with an optical or radio telescope that is in orbit? The targeting mirrors and telesc...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Constructing airtight, human suitable facilities in (near) vacuum (Moon, Mars etc)

So, we've reached The Moon/Mars. Our band of intrepid Colonists/Lunatics will almost certainly start by working out of prefabricated facilities (ship, habitat etc) but they will eventually run out...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user2702772‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user2702772‭

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Q&A What would it take to make catapults a alternate way to travel?

I have an idea for a futuristic way to travel for my Story. People get into a capsule, and it launches itself extremely fast in the air. What would be needed to make this happen for real and what c...

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

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Q&A Realistic Interstellar Energy Transfer

I've been reading some of the excellent answers on this question about galactic empires and it led me to imagine a reasonably realistic multi-system 'empire' might keep most or all of its populatio...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by 666lumberjack‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by 666lumberjack‭

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Q&A What's the minimal space/mass required to feed a human indefinitely with advanced technology?

I know there are similar questions on here already, yet this is different because I don't care about traditional farming in this question. Environment This meant for food production on interplane...

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

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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 How to cause a surge in large carnivore diversity, roughly 5-7 million years hence?

I have had an idea for a possible story, where the protagonists are some kind of future, sapient hominid descendants (Not descended from humans; bonobos or gorillas or something). The main premise...

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

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Q&A Low-tech inertial dampener options

As mentioned in this discussion: How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in sci-fi future? the ability to handle G forces is a limiting factor on what pilots can do. Some of my solutions to addres...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A Could a city be built out of Balloons?

I would like to use this scenario in writing a book. Using only countless balloons that permanently hold hydrogen made from water could a city be built in the sky? Workers from the ground can rai...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A Is it possible to have battery technology that can't be duplicated?

I'm creating a near future world where one faction is using high energy density batteries that enable their vehicles to outperform gasoline based technology. Like cold and silent aircraft and helic...

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

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Q&A Practical (and Impractical) Clothing Styles For Microgravity

What might clothing designed to be worn, long-term, in microgravity look like? For the purpose of this question there are two categories. Practical, or everyday wear, and impractical or simply fanc...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Is it possible to kill all life on Earth?

Edit: It has been suggested that my question is a duplicate of What could humans do to render the earth uninhabitable?. That question only asks what would be necessary to make human life impossibl...

21 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JBH‭

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Q&A How viable would an analog computing revolution be?

I am trying to write a sci-fi setting in a not so distant future in which analog signal (brainwaves, in this case) processing is one of the main points of the plot and pretty much required to expla...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by a1901514‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by a1901514‭

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Q&A Externally monitoring CPU/SSD activity without software access

A secret government organization created the largest and most advanced computer cluster ever. Ridiculous amounts of money went into it, and it is decades ahead of the competition. The goal of thi...

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

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Q&A How would a Type I civilization habitable planet be any different to a Type II civilization habitable planet?

This question is a different version of other questions that I have found here discussing a similar but different problem. The problem I'm facing here is about the excess or waste heat that an adv...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Abanob Ebrahim‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Abanob Ebrahim‭

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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 3y ago by Cereza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cereza‭

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Q&A How do I increase air pressure for the planet Mars?

Introduction For more backstory, see here and here The 438th Harmonious Congress of the People of Mars was perhaps the most anticipated since the early years of the settlement. In a rare action, ...

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

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Q&A What would be the ideal power source for a cybernetic eye?

After nearly a decade of development and public prototypes, the Mizaru company is ready to unveil the cybereye. A fully cybernetic eye that provides its user/host with high definition vision, enhan...

22 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A Is it worth sending a manned mission to a black hole?

Suppose we detect a stellar black hole passing near the Solar system, and we have technology and time to send a manned mission to study it. Are there any experiments or observations that would hel...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Just Larry‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Just Larry‭

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Q&A Far Future, Space. Most plausible way to store short-term energy?

Please assume the following: A spaceship in the far future. Output: The ships systems have a high base demand of energy and sometimes you need extreme amounts of Energy in a very short period of ...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How small can a perpetual energy source be to run a far-future civilization indefinitely?

You are the leader of a far-future civilization - human or otherwise - that has endured for trillions of years doing whatever far-future civilizations do. You've surrounded stars with Matrioshka br...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by parasoup‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by parasoup‭

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Q&A Is there a hypothetical scenario that would make Earth uninhabitable for humans, but not for (the majority of) other animals?

I'm trying to think of a scientifically plausible reason for humanity to be forced to abandon earth that would leave animals and plants largely untouched. Is there any natural disaster that would h...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Andrew Clark‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Andrew Clark‭

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Q&A Death from old age has stopped, but fertility window is the same. What is the new population equlibrium?

I'm imagining a near-future world where a process can be undergone that will halt all future aging of the body, but the approach causes infertility. Those undergoing it will not have (biological) ...

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

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Q&A Creating a gas/substance that prevents or inhibits aggression?

Deep within the labs of Nox (the company that brought Soma to the masses) a group of radicals lost in the company bureaucracy are trying to make a substance that either prevents or mitigates aggre...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A Build a real life Flash - How to create the speedforce in real life?

In DC's TV-series (and comics), Barry Allen is The Flash: a superhero powered by the speed-force. This speed-force allows him to move incredibly fast, can be transferred to others, and there also e...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Frezzley‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Frezzley‭

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Q&A "Landing" a small asteroid on Earth

I've been poking around similar posts, but none seem to contain the information I'm looking for. I'll try to keep it brief. In the year 20XX, some powerful organizations are trying to "land" an as...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DMQ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DMQ‭

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Q&A What mechanisms need to be in place for an advanced, peaceful society to retain high testosterone levels?

While by no means a smoking gun, there is still a reasonable amount of empirical evidence on the notion that socialization and testosterone are negatively correlated. Archaeological Evidence Fro...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Q&A Interstellar Propulsion for Hard Sci-fi Novel

Hypothetical: Hundreds of years into the future. Humanity needs to travel to exoplanets quickly. I'm aiming for hard sci-fi. What kind of propulsion can travel people at 0.1 - 0.9 lightspeed? Is i...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by William Davis‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by William Davis‭

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