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Can this FTL communication, based on quantum entanglement, work?

Editorial Note This is a canonocal question meant to cover all possible specific questions that fit the schema, as well as the fully general “Can quantum entanglement be used for FTL communications?” ...
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The Information Desk provides all sorts of Information; how did it work?

I am wanting to build a world with a strong retail presence, and became interested in the Information Desk at Selfridge's. This was not the simple standard store information desk, where you ask ...
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Sunshade communication?

Imagine we have a shade launched in space that can be turned opaque and transparent. We can use it to communicate in binary, and mathematically sound extraterrestrials can pick up the pattern. Of ...
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What form of communication would be used for interplanetary communication

In this situation, humans have used ships to colonize other worlds very distant from ours but still maintain a interplanetary equivalent of our World Wide Web. These future humans have not yet ...
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Alien message: arrows and sequence order

This is part of my Alien Message series: Recognizable natural numbers for alien message? Alien message: “Invitation” I recall a TV show featuring a discussion on the design of warning messages for ...
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Alien message: “Invitation”

A message arrives from several light years away. It is a complete prepared document, not a two-way communication. The document can contain line-drawings and diagrams, both 2D and 3D, plus movies (a ...
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Recognizable natural numbers for alien message?

It’s rather cliché that an alien message would use a value like π (actually I expect it to be 2π because Earthlings are weird), but in my story the message which contains the bootstrap information for ...
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Plausible hard science explanations to seemingly FTL communication [closed]

In my universe, FTL communication using entanglement SEEMS to have been achieved. I understand quite well from a layman's perspective how it's basically impossible without a complete overhaul of ...
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How would we maintain an unbroken line of communication with a moon base?

If we had to keep a channel for lunar communication with modern technology such that it was always open regardless of earth-moon positioning, how would we do it?
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What are some of the best ways to go off the grid and disappear in modern times if one were a fugitive? [duplicate]

Modern technology can track people through a variety of ways. Cars now are able to be tracked unless so old because of bluetooth technology, GPS, etc. Cell phones (and even land lines) are tappable. ...
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How many parts of speech are there, really?

Consider a conlang designed for an interstellar transmission to a recipient that will have to figure it out. I’m thinking it will be invented for the purpose, formal, and rigorous. It will ...
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How would an advanced civilization have constant communication between planets?

In this universe humans have advanced far enough to be able to colonize planets in our system but not enough to do interstellar travel. Earth is united and they have moved beyond countries and borders....
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How realistic is the sun screen communication tactic in the Dark Forest, Three Body Problem?

This question is about a phenomenon in the Dark Forest, part of the Three Body Problem science-fiction trilogy often considered 'hard science'. Be warned: there are major spoilers below for those who ...
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How do you communicate with dark matter beings?

Sister question to How do you communicate with antimatter beings? Defining dark matter for this question According to NASA, 27% of the universe is dark matter - and about 5% of the universe is ...
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Establish common language with Chalcolithic group (Modern man vs copper age group)

How would a single person establish a common language with group that does not speak any language that this person knows? This group is from copper age period and modern man does not have any modern ...
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How to communicate when humanity is deaf and dumb?

This question is focused on a purely chemical messaging system for humans that provides the same degree of nuance that spoken human languages convey now as well as all the information that smells ...
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How can I communicate with a collective consciousness?

A world, I am building, had been flooded, causing a species of fire ant that makes ant rafts to evolve a collective behavior, ditching anthills and becoming an ant-hill (I'm not sorry). Over thousands ...
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How do you communicate with antimatter beings?

So aliens have arrived in the solar system. They have faster-than-light travel technology and the ability to handwave away the supposed causality violations that such an invention causes They're ...
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Civilized Dolphins and their Record Keeping

On the Life Ball of my fantasy stories, a particular species of delphinidae- I call them black dolphins- have evolved and advanced at least as much as humans and other intelligent races. A prior ...
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Need a way for Earth not to detect an extrasolar civilization that has radio

The exposition is that a civilization exists about 200 light years from earth and has been capable of radio communication for several thousands of years. They are not trying to hide from detection but ...
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How (if at all) would being able to speak and listen simultaneously alter the structure and development of language?

Spoken communication requires human beings to be able to do two separate things: The first is to understand what is being said to them (including isolating the sound of the other person's voice from ...
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Would aliens evolve a method of communication other than speaking?

Not a duplicate of "Overcoming language barrier; no speech" which confines answers to nothing that is clearly a form of communication; it focuses on translation, not physiology or evolution Not a ...
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How well can a deaf person read lips? [closed]

One of the characters in my (would be) game becomes deaf from a car accident early on in his life. Because of the circumstances surrounding the car crash, he refuses to use his hearing aid for ...
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Anomalies/“impossible” events: what factors would make them more (or less) credible?

This is my first stackexchange question, please let me know if it needs changes: Context: The basic action in my world-building project is that magic is being brought back into our world -- even if ...
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What is the most efficient and safest way to communicate with an alien should first contact occurs?

Recently when pondering about the hypothetical scenario of a first contact, the alien race we met may have very different cultures, ethics, technologies, philosophies etc. to the point that whatever ...
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Could a Universal Translator be used to decipher encryption?

This question:Why would a language be untranslatable by universal (machine) translator? inspired me to consider, if one possessed a universal translator, is it reasonable to consider that it could be ...
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Could the cosmic background radiation solve the Fermi Paradox?

The Fermi Paradox contrasts the overwhelming lack of evidence of alien life with the high theoretical probability of observable alien life. Groups such as SETI observe incoming radiation ...
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A literally enlightening beam of knowledge

At the center of my small (one million star maximum) galaxy, there is an incredibly enormous light pillar, originated from a ridiculously huge super-construction. The stars orbit around the giant ...
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Which current networking protocol would be the optimal choice for very small FTL bandwidth?

Possibly a dumb and outsider question, but my knowledge in the basics of computer networks is terrible. Imagine the possibly not too original concept, that humanity somehow manages to transmit data ...
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How do you beat a star like a drum?

Guran’s comment Perhaps they are tinkering with the solar activity, turning stars into Yotta-watt, nano-bit/second beakons. (We would see the pattern eventually, but not before we looked at century-...
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Can a Sense-less person learn languages?

A person is born with no senses, so he can't hear, speak or sense. The only way in which the world can communicate with him is through brain signalling. So they can send different signals to his ...
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How to differentiate alien voices apart? [closed]

One day Earth is visited by a >4th dimensional alien entities, they do not have a physical body and all we know is that they can cause the air around a person to vibrate at different pitches seeming ...
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Break-even distance for sending data at c versus sending an FTL hard drive?

In the mid-21st century, humanity has an interplanetary colony system principally spanning the Moon, Mars, and Titan (as per usual). The furthest established colony is on Proxima b. Humans have FTL ...
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What may phones look like in a world of scarcity, wearability and phone pollution aware politicians? [closed]

I'm not sure whether telephones will be very different in 2020. Some already tried to create alternatives design such as the round phone the Runcible but will it actually lead to so different phones ...
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What is the motivation for all advanced intelligent extraterrestrial alien races to mask their presence from the primitive human? [closed]

There are things that exists in the world which cannot be explained or proved nor disproved, numerous UFO sightings caught on tapes or stories retold by many eyewitnesses over the past decades seem to ...
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How would telepathy work without a common language?

An ethereal, higher dimensional entity assumed human form and came to present-day Earth for a visit; this entity could not speak human languages nor possessed any sort of universal translator. It ...
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What would modern language look like if humans also communicated via bio-luminescence?

Suppose human beings have evolved markings covering the face and hairs. The cells contain a colony of bacterium capable of producing multiple arrays of visible light. Each bacteria reacts differently ...
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How fast can a species communicate using only tapping?

Most members of my species are fairly human-like and can communicate using speech, but many of them possess mutations that make normal speech impossible. These mutations can also significantly change ...
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What good is a radio after a nuclear apocalypse?

Suppose in a post-nuclear apocalypse world, there are still less than a million survivors throughout the world. Radiation levels in the air are lethal for many animals, sea water is contaminated and ...
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What would a orbital station and activity look like from the ground?

The Setup: We have a highly advanced orbital station. It is designed to be rather stealthy, like a observation post. Is it possible to make it completely invisible to the naked eye, even when in low-...
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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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Invention that would supersede The Internet

So way back in the day, I used to watch Phil of the Future, and he mentioned a device that replaced the thing that replaced the thing that killed The Internet. So that got me thinking, of what kind ...
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What will cell phones become in 100 years? [closed]

There isn't much more to this one than the title. Think real-world future, no dramatic apocalyptic/world changing events. The "100" figure is more a ballpark than a specific number. Consider: An ...
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Is it possible for a large pre-electricity empire to stay in touch?

Background Information In my world, there is one spherical world that is 2,000,000 miles in diameter and has the same land-to-sea ratio as the earth. On this world , there is a civilization of elves ...
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Fantastic beasts and where to find them: galactic edition [closed]

Far in the future, when we have the resources and ability to travel all over the galaxy, we will, no doubt (hopefully), finally encounter alien life. The chances of us being the only planet with ...
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Can average citizen communitcate with Proxima Centauri? [duplicate]

So, we found out there is habitable planet orbiting around Proxima Centauri. Just 4 light years away. Hooray! But, puts tinfoil hat on, what is still being hidden is, that there is intelligent race ...
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Accuracy of information in a neo-digital, augmented human age

In an alternate universe on an alternate earth, we have a nation, or a culture, who with the advent of modern communication technologies has an insatiable thirst for information, be it current events, ...
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Could alien messages be detected within star radiation?

I am often seeing articles based on the Fermi Paradox appearing from various news outlets, journals, and Facebook pages. They usually tend to agitate me due to factors that I believe the writer has ...
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Tunes to hum to identify other travellers from Earth on parallel worlds?

An English speaking person has accidentally fallen through to a parallel world and is now stuck there with no hope of return. English and other Earth-native languages are not spoken there. As they ...
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Planning magical language lessons

Setting : Suppose a magic potion could make the person drinking it able to understand, memorize and re-use any word, idiom, sentence structure or grammatical rule they hear. (EDIT : It's not ...