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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Humans are gone - what can I harvest from their cities 30M years later?

A new species with technological potential is starting to multiply and subjugate the Earth. What resources can it harvest from human (our) cities which were destroyed 30M years ago (humans are gone ...
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How would an astronaut conclude he's on Earth, but 600 million years in the future?

Say we have a group of space travelers who have been frozen inside a sleeper ship for an enormous amount of time that left when Earth was recognizable. When they thaw out and reach their destination, ...
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Any motivation for racism still existing in a transhumanist future?

Humanity is immortal. You can backup your mind, you can choose your body, biological or robotic, in any shape or form. In a universe like that, there is any motivation for racism to still exist?
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In an era of instantaneous travel, would more mundane methods still be used?

Let's say that teleportation (magical or technological, it matters not) is perfected to such a great degree that you can go anywhere from a few dozen yards, to the other side of the planet (basically) ...
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In a cemetery, what evidence could be found that humans were intelligent and had technology?

So, a group of archeologists from the year 4978 have uncovered something strange. They’ve been searching for the missing link between them and their primordial ancestors, and they seem to have found ...
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Is it possible to maintain a gun functioning after thousands of years?

The gun in question is a normal, reliable and non-specialized .45 revolver. The idealized character is the last descendant of a lineage of carriers of this gun, considered by them legendary. Is it ...
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Signs of wealth in a world where private planet ownership is common

In my far-future world, owning a planet or moon is as common as owning a house. People usually have a large house, with an adjacent farm for their own sustenance that is usually tended by robots. ...
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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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In the future, around year 2500, will only one language exist on earth?

In the future, will only one unified language exist on earth, which will be spoken and used for writing by all humans? Will all the other languages and various forms that language become extinct and ...
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In the year 2999, there are pills instead of food. What do commercials look like?

Year 2998. December 20. One thousand years ago, there was a big change in the world, called Euro, and most Europeans had a radical change in their daily lives (in year 2851, all the world agreed on ...
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How to share knowledge to a future human civilization who doesn't know our languages?

Consider that I want to let an object to share knowledge to a civilization living in a far future (~10.000 years after today). It can be a book or any object which can store information, must be ...
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What would Earth's Land look like in the year 3000? would there be any significant changes at all in 1000 years?

I've tried researching this question myself, but the only data I can find is over huge timescales, like situations where the continents have reformed back into a Neo-Pangea. I'm not looking for any ...
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What happens when the date becomes too long?

In regards to fantasy dates, they're usually set somewhere between 100 - 9000 W.E (Whatever), but rarely exceed 10,000. Is there a reason for this besides being more aesthetically pleasing? More ...
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How can a dictatorship government be beneficial to a dictator in a post-scarcity society?

In my scenario of a post-scarcity society in the far future, everyone has abundance in their basic needs from food and energy and the technology is very advanced that humans are more intelligent, ...
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An empire to last a hundred centuries [closed]

Let's say that in the next few decades, a regional power arises that essentially resurrects your favourite historical empire's borders (in this case, let's say Roman) at their greatest extent. Whether ...
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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 are plausible faster than light methods for a far advanced civilization that aren't a warp drive

Hopefully the title sums it up well, but I'm looking for potential faster than light travel (hoping for real or pseudo-real science here, as much as possible) that doesn't involve a warp drive, which ...
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A few dozen Millennia after Yellowstone erupts, how close would a parking lot look to a natural Iron Vein?

I'm at the mall and Yellowstone erupts - My, and everyone else's car is covered with ash, fire, and maybe even lava. Lets say it was a big shopping day too, like Black Friday or Christmas Eve, just to ...
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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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Which is initially more favorable; large or small settlements in a new planetary colony?

I have a question that concerns a story I am writing and I hope it is a valid one to ask. But in my story, several groups of colonists, each arriving on different ships at relatively the same time, ...
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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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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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Will interplanetary shipping even be necessary in a future with nanofabricators?

3-D printers, replicators, nanofabricators etc. are all technologies that, when pushed to their logical limit, seem to make the transport of finished goods obsolete when all you need to do to obtain ...
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How can I tell I've travelled 20 million years into the future?

Story starts out about 100 years from now. While in orbit around Earth preparing for an interstellar mission, our spacecraft encounters some hand-wavey spacetime anomaly such that we're still in ...
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Besides continental drift, what could affect the map of Earth hundreds of millions of years from now?

I'm working on a fantasy/sci-fi story set on Earth but in the far future. Hundreds of millions of years from now, after the rise and fall of many civilisations, the world has gone back to a medieval-...
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How can an advanced (circa 7000 AD) spacefaring human civilization be prevented from entering its own solar system? [closed]

I have a problem, in a story I'm thinking about writing, it is very far off into the future (let's say around 7000 AD if there has to be a number) and mankind has basically moved on to it's next stage ...
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How plausible would a fully aquatic bat be?

So, it turns out that bats are actually pretty good swimmers; several species of bats have been reported swimming, and they're far more capable and agile in the water than they are on land: https://...
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Where would a dense population of human beings live underground?

By that, I don’t mean what type of structures, I mean under which part of the Earth? It's an extremely densely populated nation. As densely populated as many major cities - think Hong Kong and more ...
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Historical experience as a guide to warship design?

I've been working on designs for some model starships, in particular warships. My working assumption has been that the designs and materials for these ships will reflect the way that the civilisation ...
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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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Could another intelligent life evolve on earth after we leave?

Let us consider that humans leave earth after it becomes deadly for us. And then many years pass. Would there be a chance of a different but intelligent life evolving in our place. Edit_1 Forgot to ...
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Could you pick up a loaded gun five centuries from now and fire it?

What about a thousand years? This question was asked before about planes (I think), but since a gun is considerably less complex than a vehicle, I was wondering if they'd stand the test of time. Or ...
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Explosion contained in the depths of a crystal: how would it work?

Far in the future, I have a bomb about to detonate in the skies above my city, a real city/province killer. A hero dramatically manages to enclose the bomb at the moment of detonation in a living ...
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How would the relics of extinct human society affect future civilizations?

My story (same world as here) take place in a future Earth between 3 and 5 million years in the future. What kind of artifacts, if any, would civilizations from this era find from the now extinct ...
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Realistic Interstellar Energy Transfer

I've been reading some of the excellent answers on this question about galactic empires and it led me to imagine a reasonably realistic multi-system 'empire' might keep most or all of its population ...
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Futuristic alternative for showering/bathing [closed]

I am looking for plausible alternatives to our traditional water based showers and bathing for maintaining hygiene in a science fiction story that is set far enough into the future to the point where ...
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Far Future, Space. Most plausible way to store short-term energy?

Please assume the following: A spaceship in the far future. Output: The ships systems have a high base demand of energy and sometimes you need extreme amounts of Energy in a very short period of ...
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How advanced can a stagnant civilization on a dying planet be?

Background The concept of an old and dying red planet is common in pulp novels, comics, and gaming. What I am interested in is a world dying under a sun that has turned red and is expanding. The ...
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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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Possibility of using large asteroid as planetary attack weapon

I am writing a story where the human race is divided into two groups one called Martians (they left to live on Mars) and the other Earthlings (who stayed on Earth). The Martians want to destroy Earth ...
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Why aren't complex devices or electronics ever built out of force fields in science fiction? [closed]

Most science fiction dealing in the subject of force fields depicts them in a similar and unsophisticated light, e.g. force fields rarely do anything besides form basic polygons to create walls, ...
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What mechanisms can I use to instantly materialize an object?

In a far-distant future Pascal enters the bridge of his intelligent space ship. He's a lazy bloke who can't be bothered to sit or stand, so he flicks his fingers and in a moment of Clarkian magic ...
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Earth under one roof: Feasible?

Okay, so how feasible is it- if even possible- to put the Earth under 'one roof'? So here is the premise. The world is heavily heavily over populated, so overpopulated in fact that almost all of the ...
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How small can a perpetual energy source be to run a far-future civilization indefinitely?

You are the leader of a far-future civilization - human or otherwise - that has endured for trillions of years doing whatever far-future civilizations do. You've surrounded stars with Matrioshka ...
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How to cause a surge in large carnivore diversity, roughly 5-7 million years hence?

I have had an idea for a possible story, where the protagonists are some kind of future, sapient hominid descendants (Not descended from humans; bonobos or gorillas or something). The main premise of ...
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Mind Uploading and Childbirth

In a world where every human mind has been uploaded, and no organic humans remain, can we still produce offspring? In a worldbuilding project I'm dabbling with, there are many people uploading their ...
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If an Alcubierre Drive is possible, can you communicate FTL without a vessel?

Assume that an Alcubierre drive is feasible. In fact, assume that one has been built. A superluminal starship can propel itself through space by distorting space in front of it and behind it. However, ...
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Selling real-estate in space. How can it be allocated and how can it be marked out?

Space is useful for storage. In the future there is a thriving space real-estate market. Generally speaking, space in orbit is more desirable than outer space but both have a market value. How can ...
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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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Technology to create energy for a village of 200 people long term

Looking for options with at least some grounding in science: Several hundred years in our future, a group of wealthy philanthropists lavishly funded a colonisation project designed to create a Utopia....