Questions tagged [automation]

The process of replacing manual steps with automated (ones not requiring direct human interaction) ones.

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How could a skyhook stay in orbit with no human involvement for thousands of years

In the story I'm writing, three humans with stone-age technology and no knowledge of space accidentally awaken thousands of cryogenically preserved humans. These humans immediately get to work on ...
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How can the interior of temple lit automatically during medieval time?

In the 1400AD, there was a temple built to honor a late king somewhere in the middle east. The temple can house a thousand people and have many facilities from amenities to entertainment plus an ...
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How can I explain why in a future of robots, ai, and automation, people still bother to do anything themselves?

Many people think that in the future, all jobs will be taken by machines and AI. Why then, would anyone bother doing anything at all, such as invent things, fight in combat, etc - in other words, how ...
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A World Without Currency [closed]

In a world where everything would be automated but resources were still finite, would there be "rich" people (aka people with privilege to better and rarer stuff) and how would they be chosen? The ...
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What could an individual contribute to society other than labor?

Modern education teaches citizens that the point of an individual in society is to contribute labor. In a world with limited natural resources, we use this idea to measure an individual's worth in ...
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Do self-driving cars make more people move to the city?

Futuristic movies often show giant future mega-cities (Fifth Element, Blade Runner, Minority Report, etc.). Is the future mega-city accurate? Assertion 1: Self-driving cards will become increasingly ...
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Building an Ethics Framework for use of Uploaded Personalities

Five years ago, our company reached the stage where we were able to create, maintain, and communicate with digitized brain transfer images. These trials were conducted on patients with life-limiting ...
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What macro-sized things can be made with a hydrocarbon assembler?

In a near future society, man will be mining asteroids far from Earth. One technology on board their ships is a hydrocarbon assembler. It takes in energy, water and carbonaceous asteroid matter and ...
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Society expectations to Work for your living

Many people set who they are and others by what jobs they do, how they make their living. As more and more jobs are being taken over by computers and robots there are 'fewer' jobs for others. Yet we ...