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Questions tagged [futurology]

For questions trying to understand the different possibilities for the future of Earth.

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In extreme cases, can skyhooks or space elevators be used to funnel extreme planetary heating

Assume a world in a distant (2100+) future. Assume an exponential construction rate (1, 2, 4, 8 etc.) in skyhooks/time. Assume significant solar system exploration and industrialization. Assume ...
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What would an infinite energy source actually unlock for our society? [closed]

Imagine some alien race anonymously "gave" us a Dyson sphere/swarm, and the means to channel the energy, in a way that means free electricity for anybody. What would actually change? It seems like a ...
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What could be the list of top 4 superpowers of Earth by 2050, according to current state? [closed]

I design an amateur (indie) sci-fi video game and wondering about which of current states or federations (like European Union) could be the top 4 superpowers by, say 2050. I care about technology and ...
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How to evolve a reptile into a wyvern, 100 million years in the future?

First of all I would like to precise what my species of wyverns actually are. I do not plan to make them huge and gigantic like in many fantasy worlds. Instead they are rather small and can be the ...
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How Long Can a Burnt Postapocalyptic Forest Be Barren?

Lately, I have been reading word that our latest epidemic of firestorms is so severe that "trees won't plant themselves naturally", according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Indeed, the picture of a ...
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Traffic using personal airplanes? [closed]

Technology has advanced to the point where personal airplanes cost \$20,000 to \$30,000 (new). They can go as fast and as far as today's typical jet airplanes. For this question, you can assume that ...
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What would be the ideal deterrent to stop people selling sex? [closed]

Historians have often speculated that prostitution has existed since the beginning of civilisation. It is thousands of years old. In a future where prostitution is a thing of the past, and preferably ...
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How would the world change if cryptocurrencies supersede all conventional bank businesses? [closed]

What would happen if cryptocurrencies supersede all the current money businesses? Will economy create a different system to get stabilized anyhow? My current approach: Due to a lack of financial ...
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In a world without aging, how do we age?

EDIT: As it turns out the method I had thought of using to combat aging doesn't work the way I expected. As such I have rethought this question in more vague terms. New Question: Using current ...
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One Race in the Future? [closed]

My novel set in the future where everything is automated and fake: lighting, air, and food are all modified or simulated, and the government controls it all. This automated world is set on a planet ...
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Long lifespans and risk aversion [closed]

Suppose in all types of medicine will be sufficiently advanced to enable very long life spans (many thousands of years +). I imagine that a cure for pretty much all diseases, disorders and morbidities ...
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Is there an actual use for Gold Tools?

I am running a sci-fi RPG. One of my players (the Engineer) has expressed interest in having a gold hammer. This seems pretty ridiculous to me as gold is soft and softness doesn't seem like a ...
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Terraform Mars or Dyson Ring?

Background: The main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is the closest and richest source of non terrestrial resources to Earth in the solar system. Even though it is vast its resources are ...
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Old Clothes In The Future

Up front, I am aware of this question. My question is more about the material than the style and is not a duplicate. I was thinking about the clothing for my homebrew RPG and something about my ...
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Far Future Melee

I am writing a rule system for a homebrew space sci-fi tabletop RPG. As part of this process I also need to come up with gear to give my players. My setting, with two major exceptions that don't ...
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What would a society of mind-readers look like? [closed]

It's the year 2XXX. A small island nation isolated from the rest of the world has developed technology, evolved, or genetically engineered theirselves to be capable of telepathy. The only problem is ...
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How would a collection of space faring civilizations treat a race that on an individual level could destroy them? [closed]

To be as brief as possible I have a setting in the far future. This setting has various races, most resembling humanity to the point that with only a cursory glance you couldn't tell one from the ...
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How would we engineer humans for space? [closed]

It's the year 2XXX. Humanity is on the verge of another dark age and our best minds look to the stars for escape. Unfortunately, a few centuries of expeditions have yielded some painful lessons on ...
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How much the world would change if room-temperature superconductivity is dicovered? [closed]

In what ways the world would change? Should we expect table-top quantum computers, furniture without legs, high-speed cheap maglevs (or vacuum tube metros), lossless energy trasfer, high-capacity and/...
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Balance between superintelligent AI and human race

I'm looking for flaws in my reasoning. My world is set in the near future, and AI technology is progressing rapidly. There are strict rules and regulations about AI development and the threat it ...
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Robots replacing human - in future [duplicate]

I'm new in Worldbuilding and I guess something like this might already be asked, but I would like to know what are pros and cons of robots replacing human in most repetitive jobs (with no high ...
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Linguistic diversity in the 21st century [closed]

During the 20th century, we have already seen the loss of hundreds of languages in favor of more international and widely-used languages. The United Nations, for example, uses Arabic, French, English, ...
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Could the West coast of the United States ever have a greater population than the East coast? [closed]

The population estimate from 2016 of the US Census Bureau for the West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) is approximately 39+4+7 = 50 million. The population estimate from 2016 for the East Coast ...
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Is there a possible reason as to why all country borders would cease to change?

So, in this hypothetical world, a lot of things are exactly the same as they are now, save that its around 100 years in the future. The borders of countries cease to change from the way they are now. ...
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What inventions/technology would we have to create to achieve a Type I status on the Kardashev scale?

Hope this isn't too broad. I tried to make it as easy to understand as possible. A list of these technologies would be great
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How would the rest of society advance if technology doesn't? [closed]

So I'm trying to imagine what this world would look like 500 years from now if our technology didn't advance but everything else did. No flying cars or floating buildings. No robots or advanced AI ...
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Will there be antisemitism in 35th century? [closed]

Will there still be antisemitism in 35th century?
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Robots are superior than humans. Prove importance of emotions to them

Scientific research in 3097 proves that emotions are a flaw to the creature genetic code. Creatures capable of emotion are to be terminated immediately. Creatures will have their brains upgraded to ...
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Starship(s) for a doomed Earth - which nations would band together for the funding?

Scenario On Earth in the latter half of the 21st century: the increasing ravages of climate change (e.g. droughts and a rising sea level) are creating more conflict between nations over the battle ...
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Humans Achieve Massive Increase In Average IQs — But How?

The Average Human Achieves IQ Scores 60 Standard Deviations Above The Average Person of 2016 By the time the year 3016 rolls around, the human race for the first time ever has achieved an average ...
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Why do we keep smoking in distant future?

You gotta admit. That roguish guy you just met at space bar looks cooler with cig in his mouth. Not only he always shoots first, but also he manages to do so while puffing awesomely looking clouds of ...
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Would a post-humanity sapient species remember humanity?

Lets imagine a scenario, humanity has disappeared and a new species have come to dominate the world. Would this species have any memories of the concrete jungles or the human infrastructure? Would ...
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How long would it take for society to forget a language if a new one is enforced upon it?

This is the future, there are two groups of humans and they split (say, one moves to another planet). They stop communicating with each other and the group that split decides it's time to have their ...
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How I figure Earth's state in a distant, but not absurdly distant future?

For example, if I want to make a setting that is in year 3000, or 4000 (instead of 100.000 or other absurd numbers like that), How do I go about figuring how Earth will look then? That is, assuming ...
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What would immortality do to a society [closed]

So I really don't know, how bad or good it would be for a species to reach immortality, so some questions. The world is set in a near future and I talk about humans no special kind of alien. I talk ...
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If true interplanetary and interstellar travel were achieved, would the decreasing mass of the earth become a problem?

Assuming that in the not too distant future space travel developed enough, that large numbers of ships and people were leaving the earth's surface on a regular basis. Would this ever reach a point ...
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What would be the value of gold and jewelry in a post-apocalyptic society?

World War VI happened in year 2xxx and the government went AWOL. No federal, state, county government. Chaos and anarchy ensued, and Charles Hestion IX [1] felt his ancestor's efforts paid off. Ammo ...
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What's more viable as futuristic infantry weapons, rail/coilguns or laser rifles?

To clarify, I don't mean "whoosh kapow" laser rifles and I don't mean the handheld rocket launchers or plasma cannons fiction often tries to pass off as railguns. The weapons I'm referring to operate ...
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How can we know what the future will look like? [closed]

People have always been intrigued of what the future will look like. The answers are quite simple and here we have them for the next 50 years. To be able to understand the future, we must know the ...
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How will Jesus Christ judge billions of people at the end of the world? [closed]

Imagine after we die, for an unpredictable future, I wonder in what manner Jesus Christ would judge us. Even without accounting the population of dead who will be raised up at the Last Judgment, we ...
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Why certain (sub)cultures would reappear in a far future?

In my world, I want to create cultures resembling cultures of old Earth ages. This applies both to state structure and culture. (e.g. ancient Egypt revival) Since this does not happen spontaneously, ...
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Tech tree or tech levels [closed]

Does anyone have a tech tree, or more preferably tech levels that start from stone age and then go to the far distant future. A link to the site or page that has it would be great. Also, I googled ...
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Sports when bodies are mostly expendable

FLUFF FOLLOWS: To the surprise of everyone except for several now dead military analysts, Futurestan lost the war with OBF. This is probably because the dumb rioters that were catapulted into space ...
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How to implement a Solar System sports body/federation?

Assume there is a point in time when every planet in our Solar System consists of colonies. Each colony is inhabited with civilians that primarily serve the purpose of its colony. Some colonies may ...
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Will the earth be swallowed by the sun in the next 5 billion years? [closed]

If the sun increases in size and becomes so big, can it engulf the entire earth into it, in the next 5 billion years? Is this possible ?
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Is there comprehensive problems to this storyline? [closed]

Well im in the process of making a storyline that has too meet these qualifications. -The story will take place in a variety of locations on Earth. -A variety of ethnicity speaking their native ...
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Death Clock: Certain-Death has never been more Certain

The year is 2200, and technology has been progressing at an even faster rate than anyone could have ever predicted back in 2016. For one thing, computers are now completely quantum oriented, storing ...
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What calendar would future Earth-free humans use? [duplicate]

All the (human, duh) calendars I'm aware of, are based on Earth's rotation around itself and the sun and/or the moon's around us. For the Gregorian calendar, for example, the day is heavily inspired ...
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Who should mine the Asteroids? Humans or Robots?

Discounting the actually quite good idea of having the asteroids be the site of colonization would it be better to use human miners or automated ones? Both would probably deliver the goods by ...
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What is the practical use of passing a Turing test? [closed]

By practical of course, I mean economic. What person, entity, or enterprise would have need for a product that could pass for human? The only ones I can think of are naughty or nefarious. So what are ...