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What is the most efficient and safest way to communicate with an alien should first contact occur?

Recently when pondering the hypothetical scenario of first contact, the alien race we meet may have very different cultures, ethics, technologies, philosophies etc. to the point that whatever they ...
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Are (near) instant data transfers feasible on an intergalactic scale?

Inspired partially by this comment on one of my answers, I got to thinking on what the quickest way to communicate would be on an intergalactic scale. Say humans have colonised the galaxy, and use ...
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How to monetize magical mirrors in today's world?

This is kinda a followup question to my earlier question about magical mirrors: Magical internet - unique addressing system Two months ago, I discovered an ancient house in the middle of woods. As I ...
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“Dragon amongst the sheep” How could a dragon avoid other animals registering him as a threat?

So, one of the less know abilities of dragons here is anivoice. Anivoice allows dragons to communicate with birds, mammals, reptiles, dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Of course, the information, relayed by ...
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Why would a civilization want to contact with a hypothetical extraterrestrial civilization?

Mankind has been always interested in making contact with another (extraterrestrial) civilization. We have launched the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes with plaques explaining where the Earth is located. ...
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How would aliens recognize communication coming from Earth as communication?

This question throws out the idea of how aliens, perhaps a passing-by alien who comes to investigate a potentially habitable planet from orbit, would recognize an 'official' communication from Earth. ...
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Communicating the idea of danger to an unknown alien civilization

An alien automatic "beacon" tries to warn us about some imminent danger. It does so with launching a succession of large "veils" in front of their star so we can detect them via the transit method. ...
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Designing a safe way to share location of a secret ship

There is a secret ship and it is used by pirates as a recharging point. It has a nuclear reactor as a power source and other ships are using electricity. Let's assume in this world stealth technology ...
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Inter-Planetary Communication [closed]

In my universe humans have colonized Phobos, Deimos, the moon, and Mars. However, they have no fast way to communicate with each other. I'm looking for a fast and possible way for humans to ...
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How to disable off-world signals?

Request for Proposal The planet to host our new colony occupies a section of the universe considered off-limits by numerous militant groups opposed to the safe harbor of innocent civilians and ...
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So, magic is based on swarm robotics and nanotechnology. How can I have Anti-magic fields?

So, at its core, magic is using a swarm of tiny (50-100 micrometers), naturally occuring robots to deliver substances to a given location and initiate chemical reactions that lead towards the desired ...
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What factors affect how easy it is to understand a foreign language?

I'm making a homebrew D&D world where, among other things, there is no "common" tongue. I've always found that concept frustratingly unrealistic. Yes, it prevents a lot of problems for adventurers,...
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Ways for advanced civilizations to mask communications on an interstellar / intergalactic scale

Say we have a civilization on the verge of becoming Type II, and are in the process of building a Dyson Sphere. They are aware that in the process, and especially after completion, there will be ...
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Could a language based on absolute pitch develop music?

For those that are arguing that without vocabularly, it isn't considered a language: From Wikipedia: Language is a system that consists of the development, acquisition, maintenance and use of complex ...
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Why don't military spaceships use blockchain technology for ship log? [closed]

Straight to the point, cut out the backstory: If blockchain is so secure and difficult to hack why don't the military spaceship use it for logging important and also non essential events, navigation, ...
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How to get attention when being shrunk to size of a flea? [closed]

One evening a group of teenagers got arrested for taunting a queen's guard and was brought to a temporary holding cell, all of a sudden a radioactive mosquito seemingly escaped from a nearby lab bites ...
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Could echolocated images be used for a language?

So I have this underwater echolocation using species. I'm wondering if they could have a language partly based on recreating sounds from returning echolocation waves to 'talk' images at each other. (I ...
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Is it realistic to have a sound-based naval identification system?

I have a number of sea-faring races in my fantasy story. The world is relatively mundane i.e. no magic and the races are somewhere the Graeco-Roman classical period in terms of their technology, give ...
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How would the bridge command structure of a starship work?

In television and movies we have a very familiar bridge command structure: the captain gives orders like "shields up", "fire primary weapons", or "transfer power to sublight". I think this trope was ...
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How would black market stock exchange in a communist country work?

I have an oppressive communist country which doesn't have any free speech, secret police, a new supreme leader every few decades and obviously, a planned economy. But somehow, the country is still ...
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Is a Language with Two Phonemes Feasible?

In one of my stories, I have a race that communicates using only two sounds: "O" and "U". This can be strung together like this: ...
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What communication methods would be used on military steampunk aircraft?

In a steampunk world with airships and airplanes, but which lacks radio, how would different aircraft communicate, and how would they communicate with the ground? Would a form of semaphore, using ...
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Living Planet Possible?

Although a question about how large a living thing could be has been asked and answered, would a being such as Mogo from DC's Green Lantern series be possible? Mogo is the size of Earth roughly can ...
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Lighthouse Alternatives

In my pre-electricity world, fast communication is achieved by means of lighthouses, each being able to direct strong and precise beams of light towards distantly visible lighthouses. However a ...
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Is elastic wiring feasable?

Since wireless does not seem to be the ultra-high-broadband solution of the future (according to recent 5G cellular network results), wires seem the only way to go for a data-intensive future. The ...
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How might a highly intelligent aquatic species (mermaids) communicate underwater?

I'm trying to create basically realistic mermaids, and working on developing body language and vocalizations. I have most of the vocalizations I can think of (suggestions are still appreciated), but ...
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Is there a reliable way to hide/convey a message in vocal expressions (speech, song,…)

Assume Bob. Bob wants to convey the following, simple message (an example) to Cassandra: Walk 5 feet forward, turn around 90 degrees clockwise, walk another 4 feet and dig 3 feet into the ground. ...
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How might modern humans leave a message for 50,000 years?

I recently played my way through the Mass Effect game series, and one of the ideas I found most intriguing was the emphasis placed on "time capsules" sent from one cycle to the next: not only did ...
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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. However, ...
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Non-visual Computers - thoughts?

TL;DR Let's say that computers were invented at a school for the blind in mid-1800s. How would today's technology, based on these non-screen-based computers, be different? ETA: To clarify and ...
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What would be the ideal “language” to control a complex machine via a human body?

Please assume the following scenario: A spaceship in a dense battle situation, controlled by a human beeing. The bridge is basically an empty room, consisting of screen-walls (showing the outside and ...
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How can I differentiate a eusocial organism from a hive mind collective?

Are there specific writing ways to differentiate from the two (eusocial vs. hivemind)? I would like to start writing more notes and lore upon something I've been working with, but it does seem hard ...
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Summoning A Technology Based Demon

I have a world where the "supernatural" is all sufficiently advanced technology. With examples like Gods, Demons, and Angels are AI's whose physical forms are swarms of nanobots/nanites. This being ...
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Lying is illegal. How to make joking not an offence?

In the society I am building it is illegal for a government official to lie (this isn't a reaction to real world politics; I've been building this world for a while), while speaking/acting as ...
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Injury to the lower jaw - what would be the consequences?

One of my characters suffers an injury where a spike pierced his lower jaw and severed his tongue. Ignoring the fact that he may not have survived this wound under normal circumstances (eldritch ...
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What frequency range would be ideal for audible communication on a planet with a thick atmosphere? [closed]

If you lived on a planet with a very thick atmosphere, and you communicated verbally, what frequency range would be best? What would you eventually evolve to? Would their voices need to be high ...
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Pre-electrical fast long-distance communication using Acoustic Mirrors

It takes a lot of work, but it can be done. The Mongol Yam, a horse-based mail system, is probably the best example that has been done before. But after visiting the local science museum recently, I ...
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How would an order of Monks that renounce their names communicate effectively?

In my fantasy world there exists an order of monks known as the Noncara/Non Cara (haven't decided which form looks better). The Non Cara practice a theology based solely on works. By this I mean: ...
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Logical Location for my Secure Martian Datacenter

Minutes of the DatadyneTM board meeting, May 7, 2037 Members of the board called to order by Chair Mykyta Coetzee. Chair address begins. … There is no more lucrative opportunity ...
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Is it possible for underground bunkers on different continents to be connected?

In a scenario I'm thinking of, the Earth has been nuked bare and a few remnants of humanity are surviving in their underground bunkers. Let's say there is one in North America, one in Central American,...
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What's the quickest way to get the President or equivalent authority on the phone? Life depends on it! [closed]

Scenario. You have 30 minutes before a deadly cyber-virus will infect everything connected to the internet. The national security level is already high due to recent events. In this future, majority ...
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Humans meet a distant alien species. How do they standardize? - Units of Measure

Humans meet some distant alien species. They are mutual first contacts. After learning the languages of each other, they begin to share scientific and engineering knowledge with one another, but here'...
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How could a civilization detect tachyons?

In an effort to work out a believable form of faster-than-light communications for my setting, I've ruled out a few things: wormholes (which are in use, but are too random in where they lead, to be ...
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Looking for a soft substance that doesn't dissolve underwater

I'm writing a story that takes place entirely underwater, mostly in a deep sea town and shallower city. Both are underwater and populated by beings who can survive underwater. My thinking is that ...
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How do tongues affect speech? [duplicate]

If you had your tongue removed, would you still be able to form coherent words? What sounds would you lose the ability to make and why?
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How to make a language evolve quickly?

Imagine a world in which the language barrier is a means of propaganda defence. In this world, one of the primary concerns of each country is the migration of natives, since they know their native ...
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Which sounds could a tongueless person produce?

In my world, officials dealing with sensitive information have their tongues amputated. Naturally writing and a special, government-only sign-language are the main forms of communication, but ...
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Can radiation block all wireless communications?

Can radiation block all wireless communications? My idea is that heavy meteorite storms are spreading radioactive dust around the atmosphere. I know that traces of radioactive elements can survive ...
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How long would it take to eliminate the lovecraft mythos from the human consciousness?

Hundreds of years ago during the black plague, an individual named Howard Phillips Lovecraft started what would lead to the doom of humanity. Although a mediocre writer himself, his works of ...
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How can a person become completely mute without external indications?

I have searched for a while now, but I cannot find a definite answer. A character I am writing has been captured by the antagonist, operated on and released, now completely mute. I've looked ...

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