Questions tagged [future]

For questions involving the future or taking place in the future. The "near-future" and "far-future" tags are preferred. Users of this tag are encouraged to provide detailed information about the nature of the future in which their question takes place.

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gender studies for the genderless [closed]

Let's say in the distant future humans and aliens are going to school together, at least at a college level. If some of these aliens didn't have gender as we understand it, what questions might they ...
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How will resurrection affect inheritance law? [closed]

In our world, but in the future, humans have just discovered a technology that will resurrect any person for which a sample of DNA can be obtained. Now, for the first time, some people have been ...
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What will the roads of the future be made of? [closed]

Assuming humanity continues to build road-like structures for transport of people, freight, etc., are there likely materials candidates to replace the asphalt roads of today over the next several ...
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Delivery of minerals to Earth from the asteroids by artificial meteorite or solid metal glider

Scenario Mining of asteroids is a successful venture in the future. However much of the resulting mineral yield is required on Earth and the problem is delivery. Carrying thousands or millions of tons ...
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Would the internet be intact in 3021 without human maintenance?

I am new to Worldbuilding, so just give me a heads up if this is off-topic or too open-ended. Let say that today the entire human species were wiped out this month (not relevant why). Humans were ...
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Future evolution of an English Language and writing system

In a future where a large company is launching a series of interstellar colony fleets to nearby star systems, would it be feasible if they modified the English writing system and Earth kept to the ...
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What modern tactical knives do you think will become future classics? [closed]

I’m developing a costume for some military characters in a story set in 2156. What knives of today do you think could still be popular and in use by armed forces in 136 years? What are the Fairbairn-...
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How big should I make my space fleets?

I've had this story sitting for a while, but decided to come back to it. I plan on skipping ahead a few decades, where I have a giant space fleets. Assume that the ships are made for humans. Any ...
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How would travel classes be delimited in a world where teleportation is omnipresent?

The year is [Random number between 2100 and 3000], and Earth is now covered in a tight network of teleporters that have replaced all other modes of planetary travel. Only those wishing to travel to ...
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What constitutes the lifespan of a firearm? If modern guns were still used a century from now would that be unrealistic?

My setting takes place in the late 2100's, so the technology should inherently be much more advanced than the technology we currently possess. However, I still want to feature firearms that are ...
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What jobs would be necessary on a colony world with no access to any other civilized planet? (Too far away/no FTL travel)

I need to know what jobs/roles a completely self sufficient colony world would need to get started and continue to function. The colony would be made up of 200k-300k colonists. They would be organized ...
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What can happen in a non-deterministic world? [closed]

I was reading about a theoretical charged Black Hole known as the Reissner Nördstrom Black Hole, where should someone enter its Cauchy Horizon, will end up in a world not bound by determinism. What ...
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What would happen to transgender culture/identity if sex were trivially chanageable? [closed]

This is a specific followup to the question 'How would society be different in a world where sex/gender is trivially changable?': in a future (Human, earth) society where (like in the Culture novels), ...
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Disney buys all the rights on sex bots [closed]

Year 2030, and sex bots have now been around since the early 2018 and existed as a concept for more than half a century. But during the last years they became more and more common, they are not in ...
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What technologies will make the wheel obsolete in the future? [closed]

It will be a major revolution to see an invention that existed for many thousands of years disappear in the far future. I think that levitating and hovering technologies will make the wheel obsolete ...
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I was brought back to life after being frozen in time, how do I know if I'm a copy of my original consciousness or if I'm actually the real me? [closed]

Year 2038, I died and was frozen for almost two centuries. They managed to bring my flesh and bone back to life but is my consciousness the same? What if my real self died forever? What if my ...
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Will be electronics production in zero or low gravity possible and how soon?

On the Earth's surface, we look back to an ultimately high tech evolution of computer hardware and according integrated circuit manufacturing appliances. The knowledge required to build robust modern ...
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Creating a new form of societal hierarchy

Societies have hierarchies: today they are loosely divided into an upperclass, middle-class, lower-class. Our world used to be more focused on a caste system with royals at the top, religious ...
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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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How can I help to verify somebody is from future?

I want to help people to verify they're from future (if they are, of course). For this I publish some facts/numbers on my website, dayly or weekly or whatever, so that a time traveller can remember ...
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What would people who have never seen a plane before call it? [closed]

In my story, my characters live in the wilderness, and they have no modern technology. They do see ruins from the past (from now) but other than that they have no idea how advanced other parts of the ...
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Could there be complete equality at some point in the future?

So in my story there is only one major advanced city left in the world, and it is incredibly diverse. I would imagine that over time (it has existed for around 800 years) there would be considerable ...
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If it wasn't maintained for hundreds of years, would the Channel Tunnel collapse?

The title says it all. If it wasn't maintained for hundreds of years, would the Channel Tunnel collapse?
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What would Earth look like at the beginning of 22nd century if temperatures rose by 30 degrees Celsius?

The beginning of 22nd century. Temperatures on the globe rose by 30 degrees Celsius over decades, because humanity was unwilling to stop greenhouse gas emissions. How would the surface of Earth look ...
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How deep underground could we truly go

At a point of overpopulation in the future say 2045 and given what resources the world has at it's disposal and all manpower possible, what extreme depths could we dig down into the earth to create ...
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What would explain why modern civilation hasn't evolved much after 200 years? [closed]

For example the year 2019. Why would the world be relatively the same technologically after 200 years?
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How would a disabled person earn their living in a medieval-type town?

We are in a far future. Humanity has widely abandoned technology, and effectively reached medieval level (so things need not be true to an actual medieval setting). We are in a larger town. In that ...
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In the far future, humans wage war through spaceships that are mentally controlled solely by women. How would this affect the military and society? [closed]

A bit more explanation on the premise. Humans now have extended their territory to the edges of the Milky Way galaxy and have hundreds of colonial planets. However, humans still fight among one ...
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In 2110, are flying cars a thing? [closed]

Flying cars are a standard sci-fi trope, but will they actually be a reality in 90 years? And even if they are, will they completely replace road cars? Or will the prevalence of road cars be dependent ...
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How quickly could we reach 1 Trillion people? [closed]

Ok, first let me explain who I mean by "we". The human race is currently at 7 billion people, but we are plagued by war, disease and many other things that hold us back and disrupt our population ...
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Crime rates in a post-scarcity economy

A post-scarcity civilisation is one where the automatisation of production and a universal basic income system have made it impossible to suffer unwillingly from the lack of means to satisfy the ...
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Justification of physical currency in an interstellar civilization?

I have seen a similar-ish question on here, but it doesn't quite match my inquiry. Suppose you have an interstellar civilization (the means of travel between stars being stable two-way wormholes on ...
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World Types, There many types of worlds, Can someone please name some types of worlds there are? Via movie or book [closed]

I am looking for world type ideas here. What type of world is Blade Runner for example? Worlds names like dystopian world or cyber punk world.
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Radiation causing mutations to pass on to offspring [duplicate]

The setting: In the future, Earth's population reaches over 70 billion individuals, all living under an authoritarian government. Culture, tech level and wealth are pretty monolithic and everywhere ...
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Operation: Seedship [closed]

The year is some time in the future on another planet. The planet is getting overpopulated. The world leaders have convinced the people that there is no overpopulation. But they are very much ...
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What would the current period of history be called in the future? [closed]

In my SciFi book, 400 years from now, humanity has expanded throughout the solar system and managed to survive the death Earth. In their history, Earth fell during the third world war in 2093 CE and ...
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Would it be possible to distil specific human emotions into an edible drug form?

I am writing a dystopian future where I hope to make it possible that specific emotions can be taken in the form of pills or drug form; or, combined pills taken to form more complex feelings. ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones Part 2

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources (water particularly). In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones?

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources. In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt to exterminate humans ...
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How would a multinational armed forces be organized followig a near catastrophic alien attack? [closed]

The novel I am writing takes place in a world where the United Nations became the Global Association of Nations, a union of the entire planet under a collective defensive and political federation. ...
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Reproduction is limited by mutation [closed]

In the year 2020, a cosmic event caused large-scale mutation in humans. Every woman could reproduce only once in her lifetime. Two hundred years later, what would be the population and composition ...
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The singularity does not happen. Why?

The singularity can make a lot of problems for those of us who like our sci-fi low, gritty, and human ... or our possible futures a little more reasonably calculable. So I thought it might be useful ...
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How to tell what date and time it is without looking at a device?

Far in the future physical clocks and calendars have become obsolete as all humans now how have auto-syncing cyber clocks inside their brains. Every single human has undergone this process except one ...
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Is there any limit to how large terrestrial gastropods can be?

I know that practially all other terrestrial invertebrates are inherently limited in size, primarily by their exoskeletons, and by their respiratory systems, which impose upper thresholds on their ...
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What are the limits of energy density? [closed]

I'm writing a story where in the future bullets have become obsolete as batteries have become cheap and very energy dense, so much that making defensive lasers that are able to vaporize bullets before ...
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What to have in a future colony [closed]

can I get help on finding out what the price of many items would be in a colony in the future or in 3000? I also need to know what kind of ways we could use a colony underwater. Someone please help ...
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Phone Shutdown technology

So I was thinking about the future and some practical technology that would come with it, and I thought of this technology that would come in handy on airplanes and movie theaters. Basically the ...
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Could the development of a body armour that completely stop any small arms' fire make a civilization go back to medieval-style combat?

In my futuristic, nations at war have invented a fabric just a bit heavier than cloth, that effectively stops any small arms fire. This huge leap in technology made gunpowder small arms useless. Large ...
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“Great Firewall of China” in an era of ubiquitous wireless internet

TL;DR: in a world with hyper available internet, could a despotic state impose national censorship? BACKGROUND/FLAVOR: "Back in the before times during the long long ago, there was a network of ...
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5 million years in the future and Humans are still the same: how is that possible?

Setting: Earth, 5 million years in the future (see note 1). Continents are still recognizable but sensibly altered by tectonic movements. Climate is drastically changed. Civilization does not exist ...