Questions tagged [far-future]

For questions of Earth\humans that extrapolate beyond available data: hundreds of years at least, thousands commonly, millions preferably.

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How would a galactic scale industry affect local industry or global industry? [closed]

The setting that I am asking about is a massive almost galaxy-spanning country that has an industrial chokehold on all the other nations around it. However, large-scale industry in this setting ...
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How long will our technology last?

Say there's some sort of apocalypse. A few hundred years from now, the ruins of our civilization will still be standing, but what about our technology? Obviously computers, robots and complex vehicles ...
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Can an Alcubierre drive be built by starlifting?

I am setting up a very futuristic world for a sci-fi story, where having FTL tech would be very practical. For a bit of context, here is what I am imagining: It is a type 3.2 - 3.3 civilisation, where ...
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Could there be more than two poles on Earth?

So I was deciding on ways to end my world in a futuristic scenario, and I had an idea. As we all know, Earth has two poles, and these poles are moving constantly (Magnetic Poles are different from ...
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What role do chain gangs play in a technologically advanced iron mine?

Somewhere in the far future, an iron mining corporation has worked an ethically questionable deal with the government in which federal prisoners are sent to the mines in chain gangs. The government ...
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How long can last names persist, realistically? [closed]

Lets just say this particular last name/surname took birth in 1800s and is carried on by a dozen families today (in 2024). They all live in the same town. If this last name indicates a person's ...
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Sustaining linear warfare in futuristic combat [closed]

In my sci-fi setting, I’m looking for a way to have linear infantry formations, or something similar, in a world where airplanes and machine-guns also exist. It is made possible by the existence of ...
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How to design a realistic, far-future, spaceplane capable of landing on and taking off of, most surfaces?

I am trying to write-gineer a realistic, far-future (hundreds of years), spaceplane capable of landing on and taking off of, most surfaces (planets, space stations, asteroids, etc.). To that end, I ...
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How to keep a machine running for thousands of years

How would I future-proof a complex machine or set of machines so that they will still be running 2000-3000 years from now? Is this possible with our current level of engineering and we just don't do ...
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How do I explain volcanos and plate tectonics on a hollow world?

The world my setting takes place on is an artificial shell world set into the FAR future (somewhere between several hundred million and nearly a billion years) after a cataclysmic event wiped out it's ...
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How much would be left of this future human civilization after 10 million years? [duplicate]

So Humans went extinct in the future, they are completely gone, but their buildings are not. Now it's 10 million years in the future, and I want to know what could plausibly still be visible on the ...
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How much and how powerful would a "phlebotinium" bomb launched from orbit be to create an artificial sea? [closed]

I am writing a setting for an unspecified goal, whether I will end up doing a video game or a novel out of it all, but I am still working on the worldbuilding aspect. Lore-introduction, (you can skip ...
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What would happen to the Moon if Earth was annhilated? [closed]

Sometime in the far future, the Earth gets destroyed. Before the Earth is destroyed, humans formed a small colony on the Moon which is capable of self-sustaining itself for the next decade or so. What ...
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Help with my ocean currents

First off, I'm really not good with designing ocean currents (I find the topic confusing and hard). But for my world which is basically just earth over 100 million years in the future, I need to ...
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How do you produce fast grown working clones?

In story after sci-fi story you have images of clones stepping out of some sort of gooey bathtub or cloudy coffin type device. Be they a single doppelganger or whole clone armies. MY SETTING I am ...
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How can technologically-advanced civilisation achieve healthy tanning?

I am looking for the ways to allow humans with technology that allowed them to colonise the entire galaxy (150 thousand light years wide) to avoid the negative side-effects of tanning (premature ...
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Under what conditions would a cybercommunist nation form? [closed]

In an imagined future timeline, over 350 years from now, humans have terraformed Mars and colonised Venus, along with constructing a score of rotating space habitats. These worlds are mostly governed ...
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A pseudo-scientific explanation for a brain to allow accelerations of around 50g?

Background: 600-ish years into the future. Humanity finally managed to make Earth uninhabitable and now lives in space. Some humans shed their flesh bodies and are now reduced to brains, their "...
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Does technological advance necessarily start a war between men and women in a dystopian future? [closed]

Technology of the future is likely to remove the differences of possessing power, strength and resources between genders. Moreover, it is likely that one gender becomes completely independent on ...
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Warrior caste in an utopian society: what would keep them peaceful for centuries?

There is an Earth-like planet with human-like inhabitants. After almost destroying the ecosystem with weapons of mass destruction, toxic waste and such, the civilization changed to survive and an ...
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How could humanity colonizing multiple planets and solar systems prevent speciation of the human species

I am exploring the idea of humans leaving planet Earth and colonizing different planets. However, I would like the humans to remain "human". By "human" I mean that the different ...
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Physics Plus: Artifical Gravity in Space

This is the next piece in my question-series, you guys have been absolutely awesome in your answers to the first question: How to solve the old 'gun on a spaceship' problem? In this series, I try to ...
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What would encourage multiple animal species to evolve human features simultaneously?

The setting is fifty-five million years in the future on Earth, with multiple humanoid species that have different ancestors, but share similar characteristics. Their ancestors would be animals that ...
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Sending a time capsule a thousand generations into the future

I'm writing a tale about a possible far future scenario for humanity. Well, not quite the entire humanity. Every part of the story is ultimately connected as it's viewed through the eyes of the ...
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Could HIV-1 evolve to successfully infect rats?

In my world that is set in a far future, a mammalian species from the Euarchontoglires superorder descended from brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) evolved to become sapient. One of the deadliest diseases ...
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What might happen to plastic after millions of years of geological activity?

I'm considering a worldbuilding exercise focusing on a "second generation" civilization, which arises after a previous civilization from millions of years ago either died off or left the ...
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Can climate change make humans require oxygen masks to breathe?

I'm making a story where criminals are exiled to an uninhabitable, dying, resourceless Earth. The prisoners must wear oxygen masks/protective suits in order to breathe on Earth's now heavilly polluted ...
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Could a colony on Neptune work?

My book is set far, far into the future, in a widely settled solar system. An expedition is sent to Neptune, and the expeditioners find out that there are massive cave systems reaching deep into ...
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How would evolution be influenced by the remnants of humanities servant robots?

So let me explain the frame/world first, I actually think all of it is relevant as some details would probably have quite the impact on the outcome. I was hesitant to post the question as it's quite a ...
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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

Let's say almost everyone is now jobless but almost all goods and services are made by machines including nanobot swarms and 3D printing. Even the government and the justice system in this futuristic ...
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How deep would the ocean be if continents all eroded away?

If all of the continental crust on Earth were eroded down, smoothed out, and distributed evenly across the whole planet, filling in all of the ocean basins and displacing the water therein, how deep ...
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Possible population levels in a Kardashev Type 2 Scale civilization

Acording to Futuretimeline a type 2 Kardashev society could be achieved around the year 3100 when science is advanced enough to allow the creation of a Dyson Sphere and due to its size it could house ...
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Would the ability to eat and digest food help to fuel the stigma against sentient androids? [closed]

If androids were able to eat they would beat humans in one more jealous way because along with immortality and a tougher and stronger but at the same time having a soft body they could also eat as ...
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How Can I Justify the Existence of Dragons in My Realistic Post-Apocalypse Fantasy Setting? [closed]

Recently I have given myself an interesting challenge: To create an interesting fantasy world that does not have conventional "magic." In this setting I'm writing, our entire civilization ...
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Could the movement of animals and plants be used by a future civilization to figure out that it isn't the first civilization?

I noticed that when it comes to the idea of humans going extinct, and how human civilization could be detected by future civilizations, a lot of the ideas for how human civilization could be detected ...
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Why would Patent Terms be extended to centuries?

I need technology patent terms to last centuries, thousands of years even (not necessarily millions though). Obviously I don't need the Patent Laws to change overnight. The Laws can take its time to ...
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What is the quickest way to kill someone using nanobots?

Assume a distant future where all humans have nanobots in their bloodstream that keep them alive indefinitely. Now let's say there is a way to override those nanobots so that they can instantly be ...
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What kind of technology would be needed to create force fields like those from Star Trek? [closed]

Force fields does not seem to be as surreal as the matter replicator or even teleportation or 3d holograms but I feel the workings behind it are hard to understand. I believe that to create stable ...
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What would a post-apocalyptic underground city be like after 1,000 years?

The city is modern/futuristic and is fairly large. It was designed to be self-contained, and has been sealed shut for a thousand years. All human residents died, so there has been no maintenance. ...
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Is it possible for a Stone-Age equivalent society to produce catgut sutures?

In my project, humans have gone extinct on Earth, and about 5 million years later, wolves have adapted to roughly human levels of intelligence, alongside raccoon-like front paws for grasping. The ...
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Organic replacement for AI

I’d like to go into a bit of backstory for my setting before I ask my question. I want to create a space opera setting that is set nearly 60,000 years in the future. Humanity has developed space ...
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How do Time Keepers log their diaries?

Set in distant future, a group of super advance civilization formed a special task force to observe and guard timelines, and they are called Time Keepers. The Time Keepers will scan for spacetime ...
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How common are men with feminine features and gynecomastia in a future where gender roles has become obsolete? [closed]

There is already a trend that gender roles are not as "serious" as they used to be and the criminalization of homophobia (here in Brazil at least) has helped many men to express femininity ...
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Robot Creation and Copyrights

Let's say that in the year 2200 you can design and create your own android much like those ones of the game Detroit Become Human but instead of going to a store you customize and buy them using ...
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Bluejumpers - could insects evolve to detect bluetooth?

Evolved from fleas, 'bluejumpers' can detect frequenties around 2.4 GHz, which makes them sensitive to bluetooth devices. A neat trick to find hairy victims that are using smart wearables. Their sense ...
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Aerosoleans - How much do they eat?

Aerosolians or 'loopies' live on hypersonic trains. They stick to the sheetmetal and collected microbes from aerosols captured by tiny pockets in their skin. Because of the high speed they can collect ...
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Which group of events can cause global domination by a single country? [closed]

Background: The world is preferably a few hundred years in the future, and a single country (possibly one of our top powers, but other minor countries can work within reason), Has absorbed every ...
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Is a modern dark age possible?

For context, I'm considering a story similar to the Netfilx TV show The 100 in which humanity has to recolonize the Earth following a major extinction-level event. I'm aiming for the society they ...
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If humanity develops and uses hydrogen fusion and then abandons Earth, would we leave behind large, stable deposits of helium byproduct?

I’m thinking of making airships and zeppelins very commonly used (for cool factor) in my pseudo-mid-20th-century novel, which takes place on Earth in the very far future, tens of thousands of years ...
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Would blue-collar jobs still be done by people in a scifi setting?

I'm working on a space-opera type setting for a story I'm writing, and while doing so I've been thinking about a question that has been bothering me for some time now. The protagonist of my story is a ...