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How far away could two countries be to have a relationship in ancient times?

Nowadays distance between countries doesn't matter too much. One of the United State's worst enemies is on the other side of the world! There have been wars that are fought thousands of miles away ...
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Would any long-range communication exist if all buildings were destroyed?

In a hypothetical situation where ALL man-made structures on earth are destroyed (including servers, cell towers, radio antennas, etc.) but anything existing underground or in space (satellites) would ...
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Subtleties of the Atlantean language

The city of Atlantis is home to a race of people with multiple Cephalopod-like traits. For the purposes of this question only two are important, however. The first is that their hair, including any on ...
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How does a colony of sentient cockroaches communicate and establish diplomacy with humans?

In multiple regions of Earth, cockroaches developed sentience by means of a natural virus with mutagenic genes. A long time ago one such colony made its home inside a house of a scientist. The colony ...
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How would two generational ships traveling at point eight cee communicate with each other?

In my story, I have two huge generation ships racing each other to another star system. Assume they are on an exactly parallel path, neck-and-neck, about one astronomical unit apart. They are ...
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How to facilitate inter-species communication with math?

Mathematics is considered to be the language of the universe since it is the most fundamental type of logic (in physics anyway) and therefore the best way of expressing the universe (which is a ...
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Telepathic society implications on literature and verbal types of communication [closed]

I am reading Asimov's Foundation, in his books he describes a mentalist society where individuals using their brains in order to read others' minds and feelings, and to communicate with each other. ...
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Are there any natural forms of communication as robust as speech/vocalization?

Vocalization has a number of features that make it a very robust natural form of communication: Variable volume from whisper to shout, roughly scaling from direct to omnidirectional; Equally ...
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How scientifically plausible is implanting knowledge directly into a human's brain? [closed]

Is it realistic to think that, given the inefficiency of conveying information to another human through verbal or written language, it may one day be possible to "download" knowledge directly into a ...
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How would you alert an alien crew that they are in imminent danger? [closed]

The setting: an alien crew has a shuttle landed on Earth in the 1980's. Their main ship is extremely damaged and beyond reach somewhere in the Milky Way. Their shuttle cannot escape Earth's atmosphere....
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How to keep a hive-mind from being jammed?

First post here so hopefully I'm asking this right. I checked to make sure there wasn't an answer out there already and didn't see anything, Either way... I've got a species that can't communicate ...
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Radiation coming from space hit the earth and stop every communication [closed]

Imagine that some kind of radiation coming from space would hit the earth tomorrow and would stop every communication on our planet. The internet would stop working, as well as every other kind of ...
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How to track an enemy cargo ship on the Indian Ocean? [closed]

Preface: All below is happening in current Earth, current time, current technology. But The world as you know it is divided between two strong forces. Lets call them "Illuminati" and "Lizard People"....
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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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What's the most efficient way to keep everyone informed intergalactically? [closed]

Everyone knows that news is important and communication,l too. Let's say, we, the Milky way, and we, the Andromeda are to communicate ~real-time and be informed (news), what's the most efficient way ...
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Trust and build an alliance with a high-developed and more powerful alien race [closed]

Let's assume humanity meets an alien race who are more powerful and high-developed. What would it take to ally with them and trust them? Assuming we manage to communicate. Knowing that our leaders ...
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Signal language, how long can we stay in touch?

I'm working on a universe where FTL exists but arrival times can be unpredictable to say the least. On average FTL trips are conducted at 4C but ships can take much longer to arrive than that speed ...
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What is the minimum level of technology required for deciphering an extraterrestrial radio signal? [closed]

A civilization detects another in a nearby star system. They send an electromagnetic signal to establish contact. In this setting, I'm working from these assumptions: The emitter civilization has our ...
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Coexistence of Species with Communication Forms that are not Mutually Comprehensible [closed]

Supposing that we have two intelligent species arising on a planet at around the same time. They both are communal, both have the instinct to spread as wide as they can and build dwellings everywhere ...
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Could a machine be built that allows you to talk on different frequencies? [closed]

Could there be a machine that allows you to talk on different frequencies like the radio wave level or is this magitech? Also would it be an invaluable tool for spies?
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How to tell someone they have travelled in time, by gesturing?

Two strangers, Alice and Daisuke, are from two different cultures and speak different languages. Oh, and they are from two different times! Alice, was unwillingly, unknowingly and unexpectedly ...
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Why would a psychic subspecies of humanity choose not to communicate telepathically? [duplicate]

Human beings have the ability to communicate with their minds. This form of telepathy is quick and efficient, relying on concepts and ideas rather than words. A person can mindlink with others in ...
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Is it possible to create a code to fool a computer? [closed]

The scenario: The cliched AI takeover happened fifty years ago. Robots now walk the face of the earth, encased in metal and possessing super computers for minds. What little vestige of humanity there ...
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How would an ethereal species that doesn't abide by logic or reason interact with humans? [duplicate]

Say an interdimensional rift forms in the sky and on the other side are beings unbound by our laws of physics. They are also unbound from anything we would consider logic or reason. How could they ...
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Everybody has dual personalities, how do you keep your interactions in order?

In a world I am building, the days last 9 years. One of the results of this is that many species have evolved to sleep like dolphins, one half of their brain at a time. The two sides and thus two ...
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What technology could enable silent communication?

Has a device been invented that can lower a person's voice by various decibels (as in the loudness of their voices)? This would be to enable silent communication as in whispering at a much lower rate ...
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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 can a race of eldritch abominations help humanity?

A society of your typical beings from beyond the veil of reality have recently encountered the bounderies of the realm humans call home. They studied our universe, via their own incomprehensible ...
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Intergalactic Communication?

I am building a science fiction world with technology comparable to the Halo Universe (AKA Warp Drives are a thing). The story is set in a section of the galaxy with various nations controlling ...
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The alphabet of a language based on pitch and vocabulary

A world/continent/land/place/location where language has developed slightly differently from earth. Instead of communicating through normal speech, these beings communicate in a combination of ...
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What environment would be required for a species that communicates through electrodes?

I want to develop an intelligent species that communicates almost exclusively through touch. Their entire epidermis serves as a conductor like an electrode, so that when they touch they share thoughts....
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How could an insectoid race communicate with humans?

In my world there are bipedal insectoid creatures (think kind of like the grasshoppers from Bug's Life) who are sentient and communicate primarily through pheromone signals, with some body language ...
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How far can a civilization technologically grow beyond others?

Exactly what it says on the tin. How far ahead of the rest of the world could a civilization be before others catch on and start using the newer tech for themselves? For instance: is it feasible for ...
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Could crows be used to carry messages or does that sound dumb? [duplicate]

First time posting on this site. Up until today I actually thought stackexchange was actually a programming forum thing, heh. Anyway, I'm writing a medieval, low tech fantasy novel and I'm wondering ...
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shared measurement units [closed]

How do individuals or small groups connected by a radio or similar connection, one or both having minimal tools agree on a system of measurement. Assume no communication problems. Do not assume ...
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Advanced alien insect long range communication

I'm looking to create a highly advanced insect communication network that could be broadcast on an interplanetary basis. Now, my insects communicate through chemical signals and smells which they ...
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Mobile phone with tower independent long distance communication features

Tech level: more or less comparable to contemporary. Location: forsaken, habitable planet with population of approximately 10-20 milion. Wealth level: first world equivalent Covering capital, main ...
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In a major war what would happen to the internet? [closed]

If a major world war broke out in the 21st century (let's say for the sake of clarity between the USA and China) what would happen to the internet and global communications we all enjoy? Would it ...
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How would a very large, sentient spider communicate?

I am world building/culture building for a story that I'm writing and one of the races/sapient species is patterned after spiders. I'm willing to take a lot of liberties with the physiology (for ...
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Communicating unknown length of time without measurements

This is a hard one to sum up. In the most basic sense: I want to set up a monument that communicates when it was made to people "Reading" it. But, I don't know who will read it, what language they ...
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How would language evolve in a world of primarily digital communication instead of speech? [closed]

If our society continues on its current trajectory and we arrive in a reality that involves very little face-to-face communication and increasingly stream-lined digital communication, what is your ...
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How would an extrasolar spaceship communicate with Earth?

Given modern technology, what kind of bandwidth could you expect for communication with an extrasolar spaceship? For example, is HD video possible? Is it safe to assume it would vary by distance? Or ...
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How can an unimaginably huge life form reliably communicate with mortals?

The Starmakers are vast. Stars are their seeds, supernovae their hatching. Unimaginable millennia pass before they even begin to blink at their neighbours, and they do not die, merely pass along their ...
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How can I account for the curvature of Earth for my straight line (10th Century)?

It is the 10th Century and the hero, Ibn Muadhe has discovered trigonometry about six centuries before Cartes, and has received a wonderful gift. A very spiritual Avicenna had rushed by camel and ...
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Safe communication from Earth surface to orbit and back [closed]

I am an alien AI probe orbiting Earth. I know your civilization. I have been watching you for millennia. And today I decided to talk to you for the first time. How it happened is not important. I ...
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In a doomsday scenario, what would be possible transcontinental communication options?

The setting is present day Earth as we know it. No Magic, and no technologies which do not already exist. Let's say there is all-out nuclear war and much of the existing infrastructure is destroyed. ...
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How would an alien race that seeded life on a planet let their presence be known at a certain point in time?

Imagine an advanced alien race that seeded a planet with species capable of written communication. While the alien race is on the planet for a few generations it wants to remain mostly hidden from the ...
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Is it possible that aliens could be all around us in the form of waves? [closed]

Let's assume that, in the future, we are able to transfer our consciousness into a sort of virtual world (like in The Matrix). Now let's go one step further, and say that we have the ability to do ...
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How can a Horror from Beyond Reason reliably communicate with mortals?

Jimmy is an Eldritch Monstrosity. Jimmy has a Red Ball. Jimmy wants someone to play with him and his Red Ball. All of Jimmy's friends are busy trying to Overturn the Cosmic Order and bring Chaos ...
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Are there any viable communications across light years of space? [duplicate]

My question seems pretty straightforward. Are there any theoretical or proposed devices that will make people capable of communicating across light years nearly instantaneously or something similar?