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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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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 ...