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How can I make a Venusian computer?

In my story, the humans of Earth have finally made the trek to Venus, and have discovered a previously unknown life form on Venus. On closer inspection of the mucus creatures, they seem to have the ...
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What are possible reasons to use Cathode-Ray Displays by tech-advanced civilizations

I have a sci-fi world that is very technologically advanced (at the stage of "sub-singularity" where they have already invented AIs posing danger to humans, but not achieving singularity, so it's not ...
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Dangerous pending task in world managing A.I

I've had this idea for a short novel, at the intersection of the One thousand and one nights and the Multivac (& co) short stories from Asimov. The idea is that there's some kind of super AI that ...
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Why would a society with FTL space travel not have access to advanced microchip fabrication?

Question Given an advanced civilization which has the technology to exceed light speed, what plausible explanation could there be for said civilization for being unable to fabricate microchips with ...
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SF: Brain-computer interface based on fungal hyphal sheaths: does this sound stupid?

Premise: bio-tech golden age where "wetware" is the new IT meta, organic AI that can interface with our standard computing technology. In this context, I'm imagining a future technology that would ...
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How much further could vacuum tubes have been improved given commercial interest?

Vacuum tubes were a mainstay of digital computer technology until around the 1960s, where transistors (and later integrated circuits) replaced them for most applications. In real life history, one of ...
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Does my shipboard computer slow down as I approach light speed?

This question about time dilation got me thinking. The speed of an electron through copper is a whole heckofa lot slower than the speed of light, but if I understand the limits of relativity ...
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Handwave Computer

In many alternate technological settings (steam/electro/diesel punks) there are powerful energy sources that allowed technology boom (like whale oil in Dishonored game series). However handwaving ...
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Could we teach an AI to code better than people? [closed]

Neural Networks are often used to divise efficent ways of accomplishing tasks. We switched to higher levels of code because the additional levels of abstraction meant it was easier for people do code, ...
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How do you make cyberwar lethal?

Imagine a world somewhat like today’s. Two servers, halfway across the world from each other, decide to declare war on each other. How would one server attempt to kill the personnel in the other ...
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quantum computers able to see the future [closed]

when quantum computers become able to calculate quantum calculations, would that equal a psychic? Because wouldn't it be able to calculate possible future events at such a % it would become a true ...
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How would computer monitors work if we could sense the frequency of light?

Human's abilities to perceive light is quite limited. Essentially, we have three type of light sensors that each give a linear signal, and if two different light sources give the same signals they ...
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FTL by exploiting the frame rate of reality [closed]

I'm considering a possible method of FTL travel for my science fiction universe. I stumbled upon this Quora post which supported a concept that I had. Does it make sense to liken the inverse of ...
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What is the feasibility of building a computer with small animals? [closed]

Obviously I'm not looking for practicality, but more curious if it would work. If mice(or something else small) classically conditioned to press a button when they saw a certain light or heard a ...
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Escaping a computer [closed]

If we were all part of a very advanced simulation system, where none of us actually existed, but where just sentient computer programs, how could we gain control over the main computer, or is this ...
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Is there a possibility for electricity to go through a computer screen? [closed]

The picture below shows the main idea to my question. That is manipulated electricity makes an attempt to go through a monitor screen. The AI must have sent something tiny enough, like electrons or ...
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Quantum Computer Sizes [closed]

Is there a (minimum) size limit for a quantum computer? I know that current computers can only go so small due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but would this affect quantum computers?
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Computers without semi-conductor technology

So I've been thinking up a (alt-history)setting that aims to be a classic space opera, with the caveat that it will be completely hard science, with the only handwaving being what technologies do or ...
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In a world with very advanced computer science, how would people be taught sufficient programming skills?

In this world, a few hundred years have gone by since the invention of the first computer and the field of CS has been developed to the point were people are hardly aware hardware exists. Most people ...
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Why would technology dictate graphical interfaces to be rare on spaceships?

This question differs from that question in that the other question is asking about a change in history while this question is looking for a change in the future. In a near future setting I am ...
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How can I enforce the use of CRT monitors?

For reference: I am thinking of a story where travel between worlds exists, but people have to "start over" on each world. So they can't just take their current computers to a new world. The monitors ...
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What's a possible reason why someone might need to teach another person how to program? [closed]

In schools teachers teach because it's their job. Parents teach their children things because they want the best for their offspring. What would be a good reason why one person/friend may want (or ...
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How can a man forced to fix a computer send a warning that he is being held hostage while being closely watched by a non-programmer [closed]

My character is a Master's student in computer science. He stumbled upon a sort of mini-terrorist cell trying to cause trouble and is now being held hostage by them. They are trying to run a virus ...
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What would happen if an Ever learning Hacking A.I were to hack an Ever learning Security A.I? [closed]

It's the 2040s and the rebels have decided to hack into the evil 1984 big brother government's Identity system. So Since the process of using human hacker's would be way too tedious to combat the ...
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What material would a future civilisation's computer chips be made from? [closed]

Is it plausible or even conceivable that some material would offer superior properties for usage in semiconductors or microprocessors? Could silicon chips ever be replaced by chips made by other ...
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What is a nanocomputer processing node? [closed]

I came across this future science term and I need to know what it is and what it does. Here's a link to it in the book I found. https://books.google.com/books?id=luCFTmzpZIkC&pg=PA205&lpg=...
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Could this algorithm be inaccurate or cause ethical problems? [closed]

Say a company in my future world has an algorithm that can evaluate and hire job candidates? Would this potentially cause problems like bias or hire people unfairly? Could it also be unreliable?
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What fields of computer science would change in a world with mechanical computers?

In this world, after Babbage designed his analytical engine, research lead to developpement of mechanical computers based on Babbage's model but with tinier and tinier metal pieces (going on the ...
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In a VR-MMORPG, how might the game's publishers be able to maintain life-like NPCs?

Taking something like the anime Log Horizon as an example, where NPCs (non-player characters) are essentially humans, but in a game (let's wave our hands and say that the tech is available for making ...
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What would happen if humans can no longer make standard / high performance computer processors? [closed]

I am wondering what would happen if humans could no longer manufacture high-end computer processors. I am thinking about still being able to create processors similar to those used in space crafts, ...
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Our brain is a very powerful signal processor, what's stopping us from creating computers to emulate [closed]

Our brain is a very powerful signal processor. It takes input (memories, senses, ...) and produces output (actions, thoughts, any decision). It only soaks in data and creates patterns to make decision ...
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Technology that steals memories

There is a device in my story that »steals« memories from a person (I had some sort of transmitter in mind, but this can easily be modified, as long as it uses powerful long-range signals to achieve ...
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How would quantum computers be safely released to the world?

My understanding of quantum computers is that because of their theoretical vastly superior processing speeds, brute-forcing your way through securely encrypted software would become feasible, ...
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Realistic 'hacks' that programmer may exploit in a brand new FTL comm system that was not securely written?

In my world one company has had a monopoly on FTL comms, making large beacons in each inhabited system. This company has worked to prevent knowledge that smaller FTL comms were possible, in order to ...
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How physically small can human intelligence get?

A common trope in science fiction is the idea that a human's consciousness and intelligence can be downloaded onto a computer. I recently had the idea that maybe in some apocalyptic scenario, ...
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Figuring out how enemy computers work from their game consoles?

Is it possible for a resourceful country to understand how enemy computers work, assuming they have easy access only to enemies game consoles? The situations is as following: CPU/GPU with unknown ...
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How do i regulate fake avatars in my VR-MMORPG? [closed]

I am the developer of Feudal souls, a fantasy open world VR-game with 2 million of players. My game is very big. Players constructed small towns in the first year and killed only 1 boss. Now is the ...
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Is there a possibility for an AI to literally touch a computer screen? [closed]

As you can see, the AI is knocking on the computer screen. You can hear the knocks coming from the computer screen. I have two possible answers and I want to know if they are possible. One is how ...
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How to visualize orbits

There are spaceships. They have powerful and efficient engines, but not powerful and efficient enough to ignore gravity or delta V issues. Sometimes they battle each other in complex systems (like a ...
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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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What would a Medieval Logic Machine (Computer) need to be feasible?

I just want to clarify that I'm not talking about electronics. What I'm speaking of is closer to a Jacquard loom combined with the Analytical engine to a massive scale. Basicly would a hand driven ...
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Quantum Based AI getting around Isaac Asimov's “Three Laws of Robotics”

I am building a story where there is a rogue AI. However, that AI was under the governance of Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, ...
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Space Travel with Volatile Memory

For this question, let's say we have a space faring civilization. They are at least 100 years more advanced than us, and are drawing up plans to send colonists to a neighboring star. The catch is, ...
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Is it possible for an AI to work in a computer without the power cord being plugged in? [closed]

As you can see, the AI is active on the computer without the use of a power cord. I thought about a possibility on how AI can manipulate electrons to generate electricity(creating its own power ...
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Could internet cookies turn into malicious A.I. that could launch nuclear missiles?

Nowadays many websites used internet cookies which is in fact a piece of code or a script that can store user data and other preferences, it usually cannot be executed by itself think of it like your ...
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Designing Hacking Arrows

How would you design a piercing projectile (arrows, bullets, shurikens, etc) that can deliver a payload of malicious software to a computer that it is shot into? Although it is rather silly and ...
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How does one program an AI?

My team of researchers has created an AI to increase human suffering and the machine has started earning money on the market. The ministry of economics has sent a technician to review the machine and ...
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For how long would electricity and internet be avaliable if all but one human on Earth were gone?

In my story all humans except one vanished suddenly. This one received the gift of immortality and is now alone in this world. Considering that the world is identical to ours. How much time does this ...
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How much computer memory is needed to store a physical profile of all living people?

My story needs a computer program that has complete physical profiles for all 7 billion of us. By complete, I mean all basic vital signs/functions in real time. (I'm hand-waving how we'd monitor those ...
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How could a server explode? [closed]

In short: there are a few servers in a small server room. Being cheap general not-really-business-oriented machines, they did not necessarily have good safety features from the beginning, and what's ...