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Questions tagged [control]

For questions dealing with issues relating to or concerning the dominance of one entity over another.

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Would the US government be able to hold control if all electronics were disabled for an indefinite amount of time? [closed]

In my story (modern fiction/ apocalyptic survival fiction) an enemy of the US sets up a EMP pulsing satellite over the continental US, and before we can respond all electronic systems are shut down. ...
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How do I ensure compliance in criminals turned cannon fodder without completely eliminating their effectiveness?

I have been tasked by my immediate superiors to design a process that transforms convicted criminals into expendable assets without compromising their effectiveness. Their desire is to minimize cost ...
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Can I contain and control a small black hole within a facility?

A black hole is supposed to suck in everything by nature. Micro black holes are theorized to "fizz out", so for example if one was on Earth it would not grow until Earth was consumed. It would seem ...
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Technological Animal Control

In various TV series and movies villains or organisations have been shown to control animals through technological or cybernetic means, such as the future predators in Primeval. These creatures have ...
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Everybody has a brain implant. What measures can a criminal take to escape justice? [closed]

In the future everyone has a government implant placed in their visual cortex at a young age (let's say 8 years). There is no choice about this - except of course for the Big Leader's immediate family....
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Methods to restrain a Phoenix

I was recently playing an RPG, and a discrepancy came up: What should it take to contain a Fire/Ice bird, or Phoenix? A little background: A Phoenix has been defeated and fallen into a pile of ashes/...
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Maintaining a constant population in a country

I am currently writing a short story about a world that is about to go into nuclear annihilation and ultimately destroy themselves through global thermonuclear war. Therefore, the government of one ...
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Is it possible to control trade?

In my Medieval world there are two vast continents. The first of them is similar to Eurasia spreading from East to West, and the second is like Africa but not so arid. The shape of the Southern ...
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Looming spaceship in the skies. Height, size, radius?

Imagine someone putting a battleship over a country, always in sight, in order to threaten them to not try anything funny. Imagine tech that allows to suspend the ship is not a problem. How high is ...
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Can a master of electricity/lightning magic control the wills of people?

Okay so I just got off an episode of Gotham where this Then I remembered that the brain operates on a sort of electric charge. Anyways, going by that logic, electric manipulator mage guy <=> ...
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What would be the most extreme form of a surveillance state? And what would living/working in it look like?

For a story, I try to create a perfect Orwellian state with the current state of technology. The government controls every aspect of its citizens daily life via constant automated surveillance (CCTV,...
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How might microscopic humanoids capture an ant mound? ( series )

As part of a series of questions that I've been doing about microscopic humanoids ... In my world, there are a race of microscopic humanoid organisms (0.3 mm - 0.33 mm). They live in a variety of ...
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Would the need for control limit a superintelligent rational agent's expansion in the universe?

My thoughts go like this: I postulate a superintelligent rational agent, that is given, or assumes, control over its mother civilization. I call this agent "the Ruler". I postulate that in order to ...
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Is this method of controlling population feasible in the contemporary world? [closed]

We all know the threats of the ever increasing population oh humans on earth. Increasing food demands, encoachment, increasing population density of cities, poverty etc. are the problems associated ...
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How to achieve holographic controls?

In countless series of the world of science fiction we see something that we all accept as realistic but makes no sense. Holographic controls. We simply say that since it's the future that it makes ...
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How to degrade the Humanity to the level of the monkey tribes primarily with political or social means?

I am thinking on a small group in the current Humanity, having only around 2-300 members. They have the most important positions in the world politics (i.e. politicians, media holding owners, key ...
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Duplicating people to expand a civilization

Context "God games" are organised, in which a hundred immortals participate. Each "God" are given an alternate dimension. These dimensions are all identical and contain an Earth where Humans didn't ...
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Inconspicuous social control [closed]

Civilization A has a fixed population; so they need armies from outside sources to protect themselves. After many years of reign over a nearby civilization (Civilization B) to supply armies for A, ...
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Externally Influencing a Language

Is it possible to control the development of language externally? An example being aliens living in hidden spaceships outside of our atmosphere but doing things during our history to control how our ...
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The most personal device in twenty years?

The development from the first transistor to the modern cell phone (July 2015) took about 70 years. In the 90's, people walked around everywhere talking in their cell phones and today people walk ...
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Futuristic prisoner restraint technology

Imagine a world where digital intelligence (or DI) is near obsolete, replaced by biological intelligence (BI) whose programming lay within synthetic DNA. These biological computers have creativity, ...
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What options does an all-powerful malevolent being have for preventing 50 First Dates?

I'm currently working on a world concept that revolves around an island, let's call it Amnesia, that is basically under siege by an all powerful malevolent force, let's call it BrainDamage. The idea ...
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High Tech Supermax dwarfing Tartarus

Scenario Set in present day on a secluded island inaccessible by land and air, due to the perilous weather conditions, there is a sophisticated fortress filled to the brim with deadly traps and thick ...
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Economy of a worldwide totalitarian regime

In my scenario, the government of Earth is sending colonists to Tau Ceti e, because of that planet's amazing abundance of resources. At this point in the future, long distance space travel is possible,...
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How would a repressive world regime forcibly regress communications technology to mid-twentieth century level?

I am interested in the actual physical steps such a regime would take, e.g. cutting the submarine telecommunications cables. How might such a regime destroy the mobile phone network? What would it ...
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How to fight the orwellian machines?

We are in a not too distant future. The current trends of computerizing and automating more and more decisions, including military decisions, of more and more surveillance (both state and private ...
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How would an intelligent forest control and direct its animal minions?

The Wold (Forest) is one vast, interconnected, possibly digital mind. The mind is primarily built of one cloned individual of a single plant species, but there are over a dozen 'helper' sub-minds and ...
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Can you use an AI to shackle (control) an AI?

Intro and Context (feel free to skip if TL;DR) This question does not come in isolation. It is intrinsically linked with several previous posts (Challenge of Control and Humans as Pets) that have ...
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Perfect logic implementation by computers

Those who have seen the movie, I Robot, will understand my question better. Imagine we're in the future, where a quantum computer (read wikipedia for speeds of QCs) that uses 'perfect logic' controls ...
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The Challenge of Controlling a Powerful AI

By now, everyone is familiar with the remarkable achievements of special-purpose AIs like Deep Blue and Watson. Now, it is clear that as our accumulated knowledge of algorithmic methods and of the ...