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How would characters communicate under surveillance

I know the question is rather broad but I hope to find a somewhat general solution. Here is a sample scenario: Two characters are in a room. One of them starts discussing something private, the other ...
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Can the present human understand people in the past verbally?

We are at 2015 present, and assuming we travel back in time and meet the people from the same country but long ago (make it 1000 years ago). Can we communicate and understand whatever each other say?
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Interstellar communication

Scenario: Earth men colonized a terraformed planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. There are already industries developed there, farms, mining etc. There's a large fleet of cargo ship capable of reaching 0....
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How would humans and aliens communicate in a combat [closed]

Humans and several other alien species are allies in a universal war against another set of species. How would these different allies (us and aliens) communicate on the battlefield. It's one thing to ...
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How would the Sun prove its self-awareness? [closed]

I am writing a short story in which the Sun becomes self -ware. It sends a signal out to communicate and we receive it. We think it's an alien entity. How can sun prove that the message is from sun? ...
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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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What Time is it IN SPACE?

So, let's assume you've cobbled together an interplanetary empire without using transportation methods that violate causality or have the power to blow up stars. You may feel pretty proud of yourself, ...
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What language(s) would animals speak? [closed]

Many stories involve animals being able to communicate with each other using some spoken language. But, what would these languages actually be like? Would each species have their own language? If yes,...
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How would aliens in orbit know that communications from Earth are legitimate “official” communications?

So, there's a closed question So we have aliens in orbit. Now what? - but there's an implied assumption: That somehow, there will be some unified / coherent response from humanity to aliens in orbit. ...
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Overcoming language barrier; no speech

A human (contemporary, western) makes contact with an alien. Not wanting to engage 'governments and scientists' the human wants to communicate with the alien. The alien is physiologically incapable ...
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Information Exchange In Space

Something I realized not too long ago about a spacefaring society is that while a lot of technology is going to feel advanced, a lot more is going to feel ancient just because of all the hurdles it ...
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How long will technology (satellites, GPS, Cell Phone) still work after civilization is destroyed?

If a large part of the population was killed, but the infrastructure was basically unharmed (I know it take people to keep things going, but I guess that is part of the question), how long would I ...
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In Space, how can they hear me scream?

One property of life is communication. In particular sound is very useful due to it's non-directional nature. An alarm call is heard by every member of the pack and warns them immediately of the ...
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Communication of a highly evolved superorganism

Suppose there is a sentient, intelligent species that has developed similar to a superorganism in that there is a species-wide repository of knowledge and individual members of the species are capable ...
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So we have aliens in orbit. Now what? [closed]

Situation: We got an alien spaceship in orbit around Earth. They have no malicious intent towards Earth and its inhabitants, and we have no reason to blow them out of the sky. Peaceful contact... but ...
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How could a human learn to talk to “apes” (like from Planet of the Apes)?

The movie Planet of the Apes shows (and in the end explains away) humans talking with the apes in English. Assume we don't want that plot point but the setting is similar otherwise: The human is a ...
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Evolution into sentience

Given a world where a sentient species already populates, how would the population respond to another, unrelated species evolving into sentience? I think this can be effectively split into 3: Its ...
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Skyping…by mirror?

In a few sci-fi and fantasy books I've read (IIRC, In the Year 2889 by Jules Verne was one of them), people had global communications through mirrors that are lined up exactly with each other. ( ...
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Talking to Animals

What ethical/legal implications would there be if we invented a technology to make it possible to communicate intelligibly with some (or all) animals? The constraints on this technology would make ...
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What makes a setting compelling? [closed]

Hello StackExchange Friends! I have a question that's been nagging me for the past month. It's perhaps more of a writing/storytelling question than a worldbuilding but the frame you view a world with ...
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How would two ships travelling at light speed communicate with one another?

Supposed we have a ship travelling at the speed of light, or very close to it, or over. A second ship is travelling behind it at the same speed. The second ship wishes to communicate something to ...
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In what ways humans could adapt to communicate if there was no languages at all? [closed]

Assuming language is a barrier when it comes to socializing. How would people socialize? How would they be mean to each other? How would they sound at all? When I say language, I mean the code, ...
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How are aliens to establish contact with a planet if there are blocs there locked in battle for years?

I assume two to three antagonists (on the planet) of approximately equal military potential, located on separate landmasses, in possesion of nuclear weaponry assuring the certain destruction of all in ...
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How would organic EM transmitters/recievers be different than our mechanical ones

Modern mechanical EM transmitters, like radio towers and radar guns, rely on finely tuned mechanical structures. If these structures do not have the right shapes, the device fails to function. ...
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How would interstellar internet work?

When there are spaceships in our solar system, we receive data in intervals, depending on how far they are. Problem is, internet has to be faster. In an intergalactic union, how would a person play ...
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What would be the effect of instant communication which is limited to certain individuals, in an otherwise medieval-Europe-level world?

What if my world had instant communication via some magical means, such as a scrying device that allows two wizards on the opposite side of the world to hold a conversation? The technology level is ...
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What would change with transmission of knowledge and ability through touch?

The concept of a "spark" is our shorthand for an idea describing some neural nets in your body (well loosely anyway), its a catch-all for anything that can be an electrical response. Some of the ...
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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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What might today's society look like without (addictive) social media?

What characteristics of society/culture might change if we would not have developed social media? or, if we had developed it, but it was somehow not as addictive as it is... Would this generation's ...
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Bioluminescent Organisms that use Light to Communicate?

Suppose such an organism had evolved from using sound like most life we know to use different intensities, wave lengths, and hues of light to communicate. This is assuming that these creatures are as ...
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Scientific Accuracy - alien communication ideas

(Disclaimer: I tried this question earlier in the scifi site as well as real science sites, and was told should be on topic here) I'm writing a speculative story about aliens coming to earth - and ...
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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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What would be the communication range of an underwater species?

It's a commonly known fact that whale song travels huge distances. In fact apparently before the oceans were so noisy they could communicate over 10,000km! However, whales are very big! They can ...
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Could inter-individual communication be based on DNA transfer?

There is this idea that we find in a few books, mainly The Swarm by Frank Schätzing and in the Ender Saga by Orson Scott Card, that some species could communicate via DNA exchange. Technically, yes ...
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Scientific Accuracy - alien communication ideas [duplicate]

I'm writing a speculative story about aliens coming to earth, and just wanted to bounce a couple of ideas for scientific accuracy (or at least lack of obvious impossibility). This is set in the near ...
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Is there a scientifically plausible faster-than-light communication system?

In series such as the Hyperion Cantos and Ender's Game, there exist fictional faster-than-light communication systems allowing either instantaneous, or near-instantaneous transmission of information. ...
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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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Are ravens a genuinely realistic way of carrying messages?

In many fantasy worlds people send messages using ravens, they're often portrayed as being intelligent birds. To the best of my knowledge, on earth only homing pigeons have been used to carry ...
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How quickly and accurately should news travel in a rural medieval setting?

I'd like to have a realistic idea of how, and how accurately, ordinary people in a rural low-tech (medieval-equivalent) setting should expect to hear news from outside their own communities. If you ...

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