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End-user experience and prominent use cases of robust interplanetary internet

Having recently learned about the Interplanetary Internet in development by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and inspired by Kim Stanley Robinson's novel 2312, I began to wonder about the actual ...
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What is the best way to classify Intelligence in a world full of various Intellects?

[This question was posted on Sandbox] Abstracts In a world where there are different kinds of intelligence, I am in need to assign classes to each mind encountered. The measurement doesn't have to (...
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How far back in time would Maths be understandable to a modern mathematician?

Shamelessly inspired by this question (sorry), but I got this question after Michael gave a answer - my mathematician would essentially have to relearn maths, as mathematics in Ancient Greece is ...
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How would a language using colors and lights translate verbally?

How would a species be able to communicate using colors, flashing, and images on their skin (like some deeper water fish) with someone who speaks verbally, like a human? Is a translation devise even ...
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How far back in time would English be understandable to a modern speaker?

As we all know, language in England has changed massively over the centuries. How far back would someone be able to travel in time and still have a basic understanding of what most people are saying?...
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How does my critter communicate across the liquid/air barrier?

I've been working on this creature some more and have hit another snag. If my critters communicate through the use of pheromones and chemical trails, how do they communicate the message that it is ...
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How can an aquatic race achieve cross continental communication?

Here on earth, we communicate across continents thanks to satellites. We send waves into the air and they reach your satellite dish, but under water there is a severe lack of air. Could the water ...
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Is it possible to communicate through DNA?

Alternatively, could DNA be a language (the normal coding that exists within DNA to tell it what to build) that is capable of telling us anything. This question is based off of this article about ...
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How to communicate the position of the emitter using light?

Sorry if this question is not relevant to world-building in any way beside being applicable to some fictions. Conditions On Earth in the 21st century, some disaster occurred and telecommunication by ...
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How would social media work with high latency times?

This is an extension of the old question How would interstellar internet work?. If civilization was spread over several different planets or moons (in the same system), and it took perhaps a few hours ...
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How to decrease capitalism harm over time? [closed]

How can capitalism be modified to avoid done of the damage resulting from legal money making schemes which do more harm than good? e.g. How to gradually reduce the harm to the environment and done by ...
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How can humans and aliens reliably communicate?

Let's say that humanity has started a galactic empire, one of the things the embassy of Earth must do is communicate with a variety of alien species. The Vogavlüeans - The language of these ...
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What would the world be like without search engines? [closed]

How would the world be if there were was no digital search? This does not only include Google, Bing and other online search engines. It also includes things such as the windows search, library ...
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What would culture be like on a 1 Light Year Diameter Planet? [closed]

This is a follow up question based on a previous question I had asked a while ago (1 Light Year Diameter Planet). How many human civilizations could exist? How would society operate on a planet of ...
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Aliens are on their way. What can cause them to not understand us?

This question continues the premise set in my previous question, but do not worry, I will try to tell the most important bits: There is intelligent alien race about 30 light years away from us. They ...
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Can we use the Sun as an interstellar signal lamp?

Earth, present time or very near future. Astronomers have just announced that it is believed that almost 9 billion habitable Earth-like planets exist in the Milky Way alone (this is true, but there is ...
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What is the maximum time lag a country can deal with?

Today's world is highly interconnected and one person can speak with another person with no practical time lag. But as the Roman Empire showed there is a breaking point. If it takes too much time for ...
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How a flying intelligent race communicate?

Suppose that there is a race of intelligent being (actually not as intelligent as human but it isn't important) with great bat-like wings that let them fly. They are a bit smaller than the average ...
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If a team of soldiers quite literally saved the universe, how would their futures look? [closed]

The Scenario In a futuristic science fiction, in which hundreds of races have made contact with one another, an almost-immortal alien (thanks to billions of years of post-singularity technology) is ...
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Secret Communication in Sign Language

In a world where spoken language is impossible, people still need to communicate secretly at times. After all, what would a culture be without movies about spies sharing secrets in public places? I ...
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Where Speech is Impossible

Imagine, if you will, a world where aural communication is impossible. Everything is done through gesture - sign language and written language are common, but the spoken word is not used, and using ...
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How do Nanites receive, store, and execute instructions?

How do we develop & send instructions to nanites and how do they receive, store, and execute those instructions? Just like in biological organisms, some instructions need to be included for how ...
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What kind of paradigm can keep multimedia and mobile communication separated?

Today, our smarthphones can provide enormous amount of services: Internet access, both via browsers and embedded applications (e-mail service, social media client and so on), listening to music, ...
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What could happen if letters were banned in written form? [closed]

I am looking for all kinds of problems that would result from the global ban on alphabet letters (characters) in written form, this includes diacritics and other foreign characters. A global ban, that ...
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Is this real-time, cross-universe communication system physically viable?

Suppose that there's a button at the other end of the universe, and a 'stick' that goes all the way there. If I push the stick, will the button get pushed instantly, or there is some latency that I ...
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What if Internet had a destructive access to information [closed]

This is my first question on Stackexchange so be nice ;) So, I wonder what could happen if Internet had a destructive access to information. By destructive access I mean that if you go watch a ...
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Why would robots use verbal communication?

Robots (intelligent machines using some form of artificial intelligence), are central to the plot in a snippet I'm working on. These robots do not have to interact with humans on a regular basis: ...
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Shared language between humans and wolves - Alternatives to scent

This is a subsidiary question to Shapeshifters - Shared language between human and animal forms. There is some of background information in that question, but none of it is critical for this question. ...
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Shared body language between humans and wolves

This is a subsidiary question to Shapeshifters - Shared language between human and animal forms There is some of background information in that question, but none of it is critical for this question. ...
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How can I design an imaginary internet protocol? [closed]

For a cyberpunk world, I designed a history that includes inventions. Since this is similar to an alternate Earth timeline, I'd like to explain an internet-like service that is based on computers (not ...
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Phonetic overlap between humans and wolves

This question is a subsidiary of: Shapeshifters - Shared language between human and animal forms There is some of background information in that question, but none of it is critical for this question....
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Shapeshifters - Shared language between human and animal forms [closed]

Some background on the shapeshifters in question: Shapeshifters can shift between a human form and a single animal form; all the members of a given group of shapeshifters shift into the same species ...
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Clapping and applause has been deemed too primitive. What's next? [closed]

We're not cavemen anymore. Applause and all forms of congratulatory/commendational clapping have been deemed as way too primitive. How do we show our approval in a modern "civilized" society? In ...
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If I had an alien race, how would they interpret our numerical characters as being numbers?

So say we discovered aliens through a wormhole near Saturn (Interstellar anyone?). Congratz to us! But we have a bigger issue in trying to communicate with them. They developed in a completely ...
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What's a macroscopic chemical unit as a scale for alien communication?

Let's say we're composing a message intended for radio transmission to intelligent alien life. We'd like to talk about sizes and distances, so we'll need a unit of length. We're already planning to ...
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How could I travel back in time and tell a lie to myself? And how could I tell if future me was lying? [closed]

Hypothetical scenario. At the end of last semester, I got okay grades in my courses. Not great, but passable. Let's say that today I somehow come across a time machine; I'm not able or willing to ...
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How would the software industry react if Stack Overflow was no longer available for use? [closed]

Nowadays Stack Overflow is a common place for programmers to solve their problems. Most of the companies such as Microsoft, Telerik, etc. encourage discussion on Stack Overflow about coding relating ...
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How would society react to mushroom cities?

Sometime in the near future, a caver gets lost in some caves in Arizona. He stumbles upon a city of what looks like glowing jellyfish underground. He soon realizes that these are sentient mushrooms, ...
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What happens when I cut the cables traversing the Atlantic?

The majority of communication between old and new-world is sent through a slew of cables running along the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. This method is obviously the most effective, as its how we are ...
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How much bandwidth could you get if you used every wireless communications device in a hemisphere?

Modern telecommunications systems only use a certain portion of the spectrum, and that portion is then chopped up into smaller sections by frequency. This is why a radio station can have the frequency ...
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Can we have a meaningful cultural exchange with aliens if we never meet?

Humans have finally made contact with aliens! We've just received a signal from a civilization somewhere in the Orion Nebula. It contains a message from their civilization, talking a bit about their ...
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Laser communication between stealth ships

Suppose that in our Solar System in the future will be two stealth ships (small cross section/low temperature signature/radar absorbent material). Still visible for human eye and detectable when ...
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How would an anthropomorphic humanoid ant race evolve communication?

I was just wondering how would a humanoid like Ant species develop communication. I know how they communicate with each other in nature using pheromones and touch. Would it be possible that this ...
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How could 1BC Earth speed up communication across vast distances?

Tech level is early Rome, China, Ethiopia, etc. ~ first century BC. Unlike history, there's peace and cooperation among all the benign monarchies of the whole Earth. But it's hard to get daily ...
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New inhabited invisible island appears - how do they make first contact legally?

One day, a new island appears in the middle of Earth's ocean, inhabited with humans who have lived there all their lives (but in another dimension). The island is not visible to anyone outside a 25 ...
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How to take down the internet?

The internet is a mesh or "net" of computers, all constantly establishing and re-establishing connections with each other. For this reason, only temporarily do servers go down, before they are back up ...
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Would increased language education result in less language changes?

Language and communication is an evolving and ever-changing beast. However, it recently occurred to me that the evolution of many words seem to occur because of a mistake on the part of the speaker, ...
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Single Direction Communication to the Future

If it were possible to create a device that when its state was changed a second device would mimic the state, but many years in the future, would this serve any purpose? Data could be transmitted ...
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Grammar for a species that communicates via hallucinations

The Ents broke off from the rest of the civilization many aeons ago, and their main means of communication has evolved to the point where instead of words, they use fully immersive and lightning-fast ...
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What are ways plants might be communicating with one another without people realizing it?

Our war with the plants has been unending for thousands of years. And we don't even know it exists. Plants strategize, doing their best to survive, but the humans are relentless. Constant removal and ...