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Limitations on pain and pleasure, and the ratio of extremes assuming perfect technology

In a hypothetical advanced society with neurotechnology capable of directly modifying pain and pleasure pathways, one can imagine the specific pathways giving rise to sensations of pain or pleasure ...
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observable consequences of perfect healing

What are the Consequences of Perfect Healing? Or stated another way, what short-to-mid term observable consequences would there be after altering a human being to be in a perfect state of health, ...
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How could an adapting ability work?

In several pieces of media there are characters with the ability to adapt and evolve to better match their circumstances such as the robots in Versus by One and SC 682 from SCP. There is a character ...
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Could nanotechnology have the ability to control the weather?

In a short story I am writing I have a magic system that involves nanotech left behind from an ancient advanced civilisation that can allow for magic like effects. In this story the characters ...
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What settings would you need for a useful nanotech horse?

In a future society, nanotech and super science has made a thing called horse bags. You buy a bag from the store, stuff some dirt in there, and a few hours later a trained horse comes out. You can ...
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The science behind an invisible wall of pain

In this concept, a person is confined by a precisely-defined invisible barrier that causes extreme pain when any part of them crosses it. It affects only them, thus the source of the pain must be ...
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What Could You Learn From Someone Else's Persperation and Exhalation Using Nanites and Smart Sensors?

Several sources suggest that "smart dust" could be used to make observations about someone's health and the environment around you. Here are some sources that suggest you could make ...
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How fast can nanites work

I've watched and read many SF stories which included nanites as a wonder weapon that can do pretty much anything. One such series is the Star Marine series by Ian Douglas. Those books frequently ...
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How do Nanites receive, store, and execute instructions?

How do we develop & send instructions to nanites and how do they receive, store, and execute those instructions? Just like in biological organisms, some instructions need to be included for how ...
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What tissue / organ is most vulnerable to an attack from nanites? [closed]

What tissue / organ is the most vulnerable to an attack by nanites? Assume the nanites are very primitive -- something would could conceptualize today. Assume the nanites can communicate via the ...
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How would nanobots disassemble something on a molecular level

I've been studying this topic for use in a story I'm working on and I've come across various videos and interviews on the topic, but they all seem mostly concerned with assembly of larger objects. I ...
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Is there any plausible way for dry-vacuum based biology to evolve?

Basically instead of being what we would call wet nanotechnology which is what our biology could be described as, imagine if you will, organisms that evolved from 'dry nanotechnology' who are native ...
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How could nanobots in the body be discovered via a routine blood/medical test?

I have a scenario where a person has nanorobots unknowingly injected into his bloodstream. I'd like his doctor to discover them through some kind of medical test, preferably a blood test. Of course ...
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How would Utility fog grey goo travel through space?

An advanced alien species in my story created smart matter similar to utility fog, nanobots with extendable arms which link to form programmed structures. When the species moves to new locations a ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of synthetic diamond and carbon nanotube in constructing space habitats

In my science fiction universe, there are two ultra-strong nanomaterials widely used in civilisation. These are carbon nanotubes, and “synthodiamond”; synthetic diamond created using nanotech. Both ...
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Could bioengineered nanobots be used to grow/develop organs and tissue inside the human body?

Like the title states, could a bioengineered organ meant to produce specially designed nanobots, be placed into a human body, and once properly activated is capable of developing multiple organs ...
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Can a brain handle a nanobot army? [closed]

I think I've done my research about multi tasking on humans, but this is a whole new level I have a conqueror, where he creates nanobot creatures instantaneously (handwaving the transformation ...
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How would micromachines communicate?

The magic system of Second Earth boils down to "micromachines doing stuff". Of course, there are many layers of complexity to it. These micromachines are produced in the bodies of sapient ...
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Justifying why a nanoassembler can only produce inorganic things

So, in the 24th century, advanced nanofactories are developed capable of producing any conceivable product; clothing, electronics, even nanotech, provided it is of inorganic nature. However, it is ...
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Life in a post-scarcity economy [closed]

Quoting Wikipedia, a post-scarcity is a theoretical economic situation in which most goods can be produced in great abundance with minimal human labor needed, so that they become available to all very ...
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How do we stop a gray goo disaster? [duplicate]

Let us imagine a scenario where the apocalypse has come in the form of gray goo: tiny nanotech replicators that are set to consume all the biomass on Earth while replicating themselves. Humans, oddly ...
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What biological functions robots will never be able to replicate no matter how advanced robotics become? [closed]

Well I have seen advances on soft robotics and robotics in general and many of these breakthroughts include biomimetism or bionics which is a subarea of robotics that attempt to create machines that ...
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Cooling body suit inside another insulated suit

So in my story the protagonist is a genetically enhanced vigilante that uses a full bulletproof jumpsuit in her activities. But because of her accelerated metabolism, dealing with the heat of getting ...
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Hypothetical energy sources for a picotech utility fog civilzation?

Imagine an (ultra) high-tech civilization that has access to, say 1031 bits of unique usable data (Type Z on Sagan's "Information Mastery" scale), and is capable of harnessing and utilizing ...
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What colors could a pool of nanorobots be? [closed]

The classic color for a mass of nanorobots is gray (or "grey" for British nanobots). As far as I can tell, this color has been enshrined in the public consciousness by the Gray Goo disaster ...
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Plausible explanation for the ability to mechanically switch dominant hands

Is there a plausible explanation for some sort of theoretical technology that manipulates the character's primary motor cortex into being ambidextrous? For example, a character loses their right arm ...
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How do you power all the nanobots?

We have successfully put 37 trillion nanobots the size of a red blood cell into the experimental group test subjects' willing participants' bloodstream, but without a power source, the nanobots clot ...
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Keeping the horde of nanomachines at bay?

So, there are three major powers in the setting that can be reasoned with, and a fourth that is just there to destroy. I have a problem with balancing them. The so-called nature spirits are creatures ...
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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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How to explain magic scientifically? [closed]

I'm writing a story and I'm having trouble finding credible explanations for certain elements of it. Basically, in the late 2090s, technology has advanced to the point that it is possible to ...
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At what point could nanobots replace hospitals and medical services?

In my opinion, nanorobotics is the most interesting part of nanotechnology, and medicine and healthcare would be two of the areas that could benefit the most from nanobots. Since nanobots could ...
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Metabolic cost of changing the chirality of amino acids and sugars

The aliens in my story have biochemistry that uses amino acids and sugars with chirality opposite to that of terrestrial life. The aliens also have nanites that are capable of changing the chirality ...
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Could nanites be used to increase muscle mass and density

I'm working on a plot where nanites are used to increase muscle size and/or density directly and was wondering what scientific processes would be involved for nanites to do this. From what I ...
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What countermeasures can robots develop against nanites?

In sci fi TV tropes nanites or nanoscopic are autonomous molecules that can shut down robots by injecting them into their positronic brains, where they house all the important functions that dictates ...
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How to power thin contact lenses that let us browse the internet?

Immediate to near future, we are talking about single digit nanometer size transistor and light emitting diode. That's actually very small, you can't see it with a conventional microscope let alone ...
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Would silverbloods actually make for better soldiers?

Silverbloods are those whose blood gleam like polished silver when alive and are a dull grey when dead, an image of them bleeding being much like the spilling of mercury. They have the ability to ...
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Ways of deploying mind reading technology [closed]

Previous version of this question which is closed because of being too broad. In a dystopian world setting, mind-reading technology is possible (say, with nano-robots or super-chips), but it is ...
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How long would a grey goo scenario take to finish coating an earth sized planet?

Okay, so the idea is that humans have found a method to terraform planets by way of an intentionally engineered grey goo scenario. The bots would be used to photosynthesize a sustainable atmosphere by ...
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My "Fairy Weave" is a transparent/translucent material with high tensile strength and elasticity. What should it be made out of exactly?

So, I've been thinking of materials that I can use on mundane things to make them more "magical". What I found was that many tools don't appear magical, because the materials they're made ...
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How could interstellar, single-molecule nanobots survive launch?

Civilization X needs to explore nearby exoplanets using nanobots. These nanobots are made of singular (relatively large) molecules. These react with common gases in the atmosphere, acting as a ...
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Would nanotechnology-scale devices be vulnerable to EMP?

For the purposes of this question, let's use the definition of nanotechnology from the tag wiki excerpt: "technology that works with sizes of less than 100 nanometres". An EMP can vary in frequency ...
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Would composite armor based on diamonds be useful against firearms?

Under normal circumstances, monolithic diamond is pretty terrible at resisting impact, due to it being weak in certain planes, also known as cleavage planes. To solve this, why don't we just make the ...
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Does the probable heat of nanotech universal constructors make it infeasible in home environments?

Nanotech, specifically theorized universal constructors/destructors. They've been proposed in sci-fi as a general tool. But I started thinking about using them in a home environment for rooms that ...
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It would be possible to make a shapeshifting human being with our current technology?

Genetic engineering, nanomachines, holograms, all of those could be considerated some kind of shapeshifting "power", however, it is way far fetched for our today technology (except genetic ...
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Can a one-dimensional blade cut everything ? (chainsaw) (Sword)

I was thinking in a character who has a...kind of Steam powered Chainsaw, and a sword, what make them special is because the blades of the chainsaw are one-dimensional, same with the sword, they are ...
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Human Combustion by Nanites

Nanites would likely generate a lot of heat. If a large number of nanites infested a human body, multiplied, and began moving / operating what would be the result? Could the composition of the ...
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Resistance movement in a world controlled by extensive use of nanobots

Let's assume that we live in a world similar to ours, but with bio and nanotechnology that is 25 years (give or take a few) ahead of what we have today. Few years ago scientists in most advanced ...
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Is blocks based life possible?

Blocks are made of polymer compounds or nanomaterials, which can be connected by a tenon-and-mortise structure, just like Lego, but smaller. Some blocks can be powered by solar or other energy, with ...
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How can humanity survive the Shadow?

A lot of modern warfare is about having the right nuggets in the right place, and getting the information needed to ensure that. Well, that would be the case if it wasn't for the "You go to war ...
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Fighting a Nanite Attack on a Biological System

How would you fight a nanite attack on a biological system (preferably one that has already incorporated nanites? Assume that the setting is 10 to 20 years in the future and nanites are commonly used ...