Questions tagged [near-future]

For questions concerning the immediate future, where technology is assumed to have advanced slightly while still recognizable to modern humans. Questions utilizing this tag should focus on a particular technology and may be about a technology itself (how would this work) or the impact of a given technology on a particular topic (Society, Warfare, Economics, etc)

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How can AI know that all humans are dead?

This question is indeed inspired by I Am Mother movie and Horizon series, but scenario I envisioned is different. Below is the in-world intro, feel free to skip it. Hello, I'm Refa. Full name: ...
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Non-lethal firearm that could throw an assailant backwards a couple feet

How would a non-lethal, hand-held ‘firearm’ (as in not a melee weapon) produce enough ‘force’ (I’m using this word lightly, not as a physicist) to throw an attacker back a minimum of ten feet, work? ...
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communication system

What COMMUNICATION SYSTEM would be most effective for emergency messages underwater and deep inside mountain habitats? How would the sound energy be effected by moving through air, water or solid rock....
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How many years until cities become either a flatland or forests? [closed]

To be clear, I'm talking about apocalyptic events that cause devastating long-term effects, such as: An asteroid impact (lets say about 4.5km wide) A hyper-eruption from a super volcano (lets say it ...
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Post-democratical political system

Question: how will this idea fail? Preferably in a way that is fundamental, and can't be easily fixed with small changes. And politically based, being unable to respond to problems because of the ...
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How would a futuristic robot soldier look like? [closed]

I feel that whenever I search for something like “futuristic robot soldier”, the results are always similar and they look like designs and concepts made by ARTISTS, not ENGINEERS. As far as I know, ...
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How to heal a defective superhuman?

By modifying the human genome an organization in the future created a class of superhumans. Factors that would cause most hereditary diseases have been erased, and the ones in muscle mass, strength, ...
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How big would a city of crops need to be to minimise all agricultural land use?

I made these sketches to envision a world where food is grown in buildings and people can live in forests covered lands instead of the land being used for agriculture. But how big would such a city ...
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What could make a good equivalent to late 1700s/early 1800s rifles/rifleman for a near future setting?

What could make a good equivalent to late 1700s/early 1800s riflemen in a near future setting? The The important qualities are that they're elite, use long range man portable weapons, & have it ...
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What would body armour designed for women look like?

Currently pretty much all body armour is designed for men, then sometimes adapted for women (although very often it isn't). So what would body armour designed for the use of women look like? (...
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Barring asteroid impacts, disease, natural disaster, war — Why would the S&P 500 crash to 700 before 2023, and remain under 700 until 2030?

Many famous wealthy investors are predicting a stock market crash. On 25 March 2021, Ray Dalio: Current bubble 'halfway' to 2000 and 1929 "By our measures, the bubble is not what it was in 2000 ...
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Weighted Clothes In A Low Gravity Environment

Would weighted clothes be enough to simulate Earth-like gravity in a low-gravity environment? If even by using centrifugal force on a space station would feasibly only produce a gravity that is a ...
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How to get bomb-laden drones long distances without gathering suspicion?

(note: this takes place in the same universe as my previous question) Hello, fellow comrades. As you know, we have been gaining in strength lately, exploiting instability in Russia (quick author's ...
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How much damage to the US would a Yellowstone eruption cause?

I posted this question: How would the United States survive and adapt in the decades following a Yellowstone eruption? What things would need to change as the world recovers? and it was closed due to ...
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How quickly would the earth recover from climate change if humans were to disappear [closed]

To give an example, how long would all humans have to leave the earth for a large part of the biodiversity and the original atmosphere to be restored, the oceans to recover, the fish population to ...
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Why would a suit of armour need power to provide protection to its wearer? [closed]

Why would electricity be needed to provide protection to the user of a suit of power armour? I'm not referring to the movement or any other systems in the armour. I mean, if the user gets shot, ...
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Why would a military use hybrid jet-propeller planes?

Hybrid jet-propeller planes in real lift where a weird thing that existed in the 40s & 50s, no type of them ever saw combat use or even limited production. In modern day not even much research is ...
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Why would very large trucks regularly be used for logistics?

The very large trucks are mining truck size. They can haul 300 to 100 tonnes of Thing™. They can be outfitted to carry containers. They have a roughly equivalent curb weight to their payload. They can ...
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Arrest global warming trend via any means (E without S or G)

ESG stands for Environmental, social and corporate governance. Simply trying to evaluate what kind of radical "E" solutions are possible if "S" and "G" were removed from ...
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What could a 4th crew member do in a tank with an autoloader?

The tanks are normal tanks. Big gun, lot of armour, very fast, tracks, etc. It can't just be a dedicated drone operator. (It can be part of the role but not the whole thing) You can add whatever you ...
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Conditions for Modern Trench Warfare

What battlefield/tech conditions would necessitate the use of trench warfare in a modern or semi near future setting? One thing I was considering was the significant advancement of railguns/AT guns ...
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What would warfare look like on bodies the size of Ganymede to Europa?

As for more specific numbers these bodies are in the range of between the size of 2634.1±0.3km & 1560.8±0.5km in radius. The environmental conditions of them are that of the bodies of that size ...
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How will the future of work look like? [closed]

A few observations. Actual job - which fill directly and efficiently real human basic needs - are getting scarce, there is a surge of bullshit jobs, an accrual of complex and rhetorical organizations ...
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Suburban areas for megacities?

Lately I have been looking into the concept of megalopolises across several works of fiction and futurology, and I have also been wondering wether or not it would make sense for such urban sprawls to ...
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What would make good weapons for literal birds?

These birds are Australian magpies, but with human level intelligence. No other differences. They have a near future level of technology available. There are 2 limitations: It can't be suicidal, the ...
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What kind of propulsion system would work in the air and underwater?

I have a futuristic aircraft that's supposed to be submerged under the sea and to lift off again without an issue. The problem is, I don't know of a propulsion system that could work both under water ...
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What could make armoured trains viable in a near future setting?

The armoured trains need to be made viable without just removing other aspects of warfare. Tactical pure fusion nukes with a yield of under 75kt are common. The environment of the planet is earth like....
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Will the management class disappear soon? [closed]

Do you see the management class, in companies, public organizations, politics, all kind of institutions be eradicated and disappear soon ?
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Regulation of body hopping / mind copying / mind manipulation

Scenario: in the not-so-distant future, someone(s) crack the code to the human mind. Essentially, humanity now has the power to treat the human mind as computer files - copy, delete, modify - all in ...
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How would tough, high flying & heavy "skyships" affect warfare?

When I say this I don't mean airships, with their large & vulnerable gas bags. These Skyships have their lift providing method safely within their armour. Regarding their armour, it isn't light. ...
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Could a near future version of assault sappers work? [closed]

These units would be a version of the soviet assault sappers from WW2, updated with near future technology. The equivalent to their steel breastplates would be light power armour. The flamethrowers ...
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What could allow large scale paradrops to be viable against opponents with good air defences in the near future?

What could allow large scale paradrops to be viable against opponents with good air defences in the near future? Currently large scale paradrops just don't. For most western paratrooper forces lack ...
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What would a unit built purely for fighting in extremely large buildings for look like?

What would a unit built purely for fighting in extremely large buildings for look like? The biggest thing about this is that these buildings are so large that anything not carried with the forces in ...
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How advanced could a society of intelligent magpies get with help from humans?

How advanced could a society of smart magpies get with help from humans? The magpies have the assistance of near future humans. These magpies are regular Australian magpies, aside from their ...
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How advanced could air power get without engines?

In my world, humanity was put on a Earth-like (but not Earth) planet thousands of years ago by an alien species for reasons. Before these aliens left, they created a field around this planet that ...
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Why would large fortifications make a comeback in the near future?

Why would large fortifications make a comeback in the near future? When I say fortifications I don't need Maginot line type defences, just fortifications in general. It could be closer to something ...
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Why would cities become layered without overpopulation?

Why would cities become layered without overpopulation? When I say layered I mean having a second or third ground built above ground level. With its own metros & roads. Most of the buildings below ...
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How could mercenaries become a lot more prevalent with well funded & competent militaries still in existence?

How could mercenaries become a lot more prevalent with well funded & competent militaries still in existence? Basing isn't a problem as there are many areas in this world that aren't (well) ...
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Would drilling up magma be a viable method to obtain resources?

Would drilling up magma be a viable method to obtain resources? The way this drilling up of magma works is by drilling a hole 0.5-2 meters wide. Magma come up & once it is a few 100 meters below ...
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What could centipedal mechs do that tracked & wheeled vehicles couldn't do?

What could centipedal mechs do that tracked & wheeled vehicles couldn't do? It's been 6 years since the 2 legged mech question, it's been 3 years since the spider mech question. It's time for the ...
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Would large power armour or tankettes be superior for "medium/line infantry" support? [closed]

Would large power armour or tankettes be superior for "medium/line infantry" support? The power armour is 10-12ft tall & weighs about 3-5 tonnes & has all round protection at STANAG ...
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Why would small rail vehicles supplement cars & normal passenger trains in the near future?

Why would small rail vehicles exist alongside cars & normal passenger trains in the near future? In this world rails run throughout cities for metros & every town has a rail connection outside ...
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Why would a modern (well funded) military use technical & motorcycle based units?

Why would a modern, well funded military use mainly technical and motorcycle based units? They would be used alongside normal units. They are mostly intended to fight conventional warfare against well ...
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How could powerful, roughly humanoid but difficult-to-control creatures be used in combat? [closed]

How could a large amount of powerful roughly humanoid but difficult to control creatures be used? They are available in large amounts as by by products of creating more effective & useable ...
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How could difficult to control & dangerous creatures be used in combat? [closed]

How could difficult to control & dangerous creatures be used in combat? They are available in large amounts as by by products of creating more effective & useable creatures & they are ...
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How far down into the ground is it practical to build?

How far into the ground is it practical to build? While cities go both up a lot & down a lot the down is mostly infrastructure, with nothing like houses, shops, factories, etc. down there. So how ...
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How to justify the rediversification of tracked cannon armed vehicles

While there are currently many frontline combat vehicles. (MBTs, IFVs, ATGM Carriers, etc.) Out of all of them the MBT (Main Battle Tank) is the only tracked cannon armed vehicle that remains, ...
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Could (reasonably sized) walkers be used on Mars?

Could walkers be used on Mars? These walkers would range from 20 ton 2 legged machines to 110 ton 12 legged machines with the most common ones ones being 60 tonnes with 8 legs. These mechs are low to ...
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How powerful could lasers be at various sizes if the power source issue is solved? [closed]

How powerful and how long a range could lasers get with no power source issue at the sizes of: ~5-7 kilograms, man portable ~20 kilograms, semi man portable like the PTRS ~300 kilograms, wheeled ...
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Why would warfare become mostly built upon large fortress firing large artillery pieces at other large fortresses?

Why would warfare become mostly built upon large fortress firing large artillery pieces at other large fortresses? This is somewhat similar to the situation in R.E.D.C.O.N.. The biggest differences ...
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