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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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What would a Scientific based way of making a person Similar to Marvels “Spider-Man” [on hold]

The Question How would someone scientifically emulate Spider-Man powers without altering the human genes? The Limits No genetic engineering (except on spiders for their silk) Technology level is ...
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Gadget: Insect wings

(Related to Human Dragonfly wings) Context The mutant thread is back. For more context, see my previous questions. One of my character is a "subtle" mutant (no outward sign) that has an affinity ...
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What kind of near-future technology would enable extremely quick, mostly silent, communication between soldiers?

My book is about a near-future socialist insurgency. Think Che Guevara. Che Guevara won with only 22 men by garnering support of the local population. I've read his books and can't say I see many ...
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Is it practical to make English the global language?

The Hegemony since day 1 of its formation in 2041 has enforced a single global language for: education, legal documents, announcements, and for communication between citizens across the various states ...
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“Landing” a small asteroid on Earth

I've been poking around similar posts, but none seem to contain the information I'm looking for. I'll try to keep it brief. In the year 20XX, some powerful organizations are trying to "land" an ...
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How to test a mutant to know all of his/her abilities?

I've read a lot of question about testing, so this may be a duplicate, but so far, I've been unable to find this question. Settings Following WW3, and its scenarium-radiating super-weapons, mutants ...
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How to keep the anonymity of people attending a regular event taking place at the same location everytime?

In my setting, a handful of characters have to attend a daily event (such as classes). They do so anonymously, as attending this event could endanger their civilian life if the wrong people were to ...
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Would a double-decker tri-articulated bus work effectively?

In my setting, the planet is grossly overpopulated. Vehicles are required to carry large loads of people from place to place. Bi-articulated buses are a necessity and have replaced regular buses as a ...
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What mechanisms need to be in place for an advanced, peaceful society to retain high testosterone levels?

While by no means a smoking gun, there is still a reasonable amount of empirical evidence on the notion that socialization and testosterone are negatively correlated. Archaeological Evidence From ...
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Creating a gas/substance that prevents or inhibits aggression?

Deep within the labs of Nox (the company that brought Soma to the masses) a group of radicals lost in the company bureaucracy are trying to make a substance that either prevents or mitigates ...
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What could cause a baby boom across the western world?

Right now the trend in the western world is declining or stagnant birthrates, but in my sci-fi universe I wanted to have a period of rapid population growth (around the 2050s). What factors could ...
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Practical (and Impractical) Clothing Styles For Microgravity

What might clothing designed to be worn, long-term, in microgravity look like? For the purpose of this question there are two categories. Practical, or everyday wear, and impractical or simply fancy ...
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What kind of “space force” would be needed to protect space assets in the near future?

Premise Even at present day, space assets are very valuable: Our space assets, day by day, are growing by leaps and bounds. It's the value of that satellite to the economy. - Neil deGrasse ...
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How to avoid lie detectors when they are prevalent?

Let's say that a method of lie detection was created that was 99.99% accurate, portable, and cheap. It is also very generally applicable, and there is no known method to fool it. Now, it is ...
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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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How could carbon nanotubes help me build supertall skyscrapers?

It is the near-future. Breakthrough, mass produced carbon nanotubes have been invented and are relatively cheap. These nanotubes have the properties that we would expect, and are manufactured in '...
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Ideal Place For Kenya Spaceport?

Its 20 seconds in the future. The space age is truly dawning this time. And I the CEO of a wealthy aerospace company, am looking for the perfect place to set up shop with my new spaceport. I've ...
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What torch-ship engine requires the least complex control system?

A side shot from my series on a computer-less future; see here, here, and here. Project Rho defines a torch-drive as an engine with both high acceleration and high exhaust velocity. A torch-ship is a ...
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Do we know which traits reside in which chromosome? [closed]

I'm intrigued with the possibility described in Is it plausible to make human gametes from different parent chromosomes?. Assuming that humanity developed technology that allows us to make sperm and ...
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A clock for interplanetary travel

Introduction See background information here. 1000 years after darkness fell on Old Earth, humanity is scattered throughout the solar system. Apart from the Harmonious Republic of Mars, there are ...
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Reasoning on conditions required to argument long term high federal investments in space exploration [closed]

History has shown that the Space Race in the 20th century between US and Soviets has been high enough to motivate US to increase federal NASA budget to [about 4%] of the federal budget 2, compared to ...
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What would be a plausible speed for a 22nd century military ship?

No, I am not talking about space ships, I am talking about water-based ships sailing the oceans on planet Earth. What would be a plausible cruise speed and maximum speed for what would be the ...
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3-Level Roadway Engineering

I'm the city designer for a new city we're calling Morrowville. Having some of the worlds top minds, flying cars have been invented, but can only fly a few feet (2-4) from the ground and not everyone ...
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In a world where flying cars exist, what kind of features would the cars need to have? [closed]

Designing a sort of cyper-punkish, futuristic megacity where flying cars have been adopted as opposed to land-based cars to create more space on land and to reduce traffic issues. It can be assumed ...
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How would a world power create an artificial winter?

With the setting and criteria provided below, how would a country make an artificial winter that targets the North American Continent? Setting: The story that will use this artificial winter is set ...
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Space warfare in near-earth orbit [closed]

Related to This question which was very open-ended, but it got me thinking about a very specific setting: Modern Earth as is, or maybe 5-10 years into the future, so every major nation (US, EU, ...
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Feasibility of “in situ” ammunition production and salvage

In a (relatively) near future setting, several factions scramble to militarize as civil unrest on their planet turns into civil war. Factories are reprogrammed and prototypes sent to the front, guns ...
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What skills do you need on Saturn? [closed]

Background It is the near future. After a major world war and limited nuclear exchange, the nations of Earth have consolidated into a few blocs. The threat of further war and the cumulative damage to ...
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Could mirrors be put in space to see ourselves in the past?

Could a mirror/s be made to reflect one side of the Earth from the edge of the solar system and viewed with a optical or radio telescope that is in orbit? With night vision, along with radio and ...
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Could an astronaut in a near-future space ship survive transit through our asteroid belt?

In the near future we may find cargo ships fleeing space pirates! Given that... It's a small cargo ship carrying 10 metric tons of wheat (cargo volume, approximately 13 m3). Total volume: 100 m3. ...
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How to wipe out ALL life on Earth, but leave it habitable?

NB: This is not a duplicate of this question, because A) it only asks to wipe out humans, not any other life-form, and B) it insists that one person must survive. The survival of anything is not ...
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Weapons in a future Clean, renewable energy world

In my world, technology advanced considerably through a 'Utopia' phase of everyone working towards a common goal of survival and whatnot, eradicating the production of coal by creating successful ...
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Extraterrestrial blackmail by reversible sun block [duplicate]

In a near future scenario where humanity has a slightly more developed/active space flight. Think colonising the moon with regular space flights back and forth. But no fancy interstellar tech. ...
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How to establish the relationship between exponential development and space exploration and consequences for future prognosis? [closed]

How long might it take to colonize the solar system - and how to make a mostly educated guess? On one hand, we know that we are yet in the very beginning phase to develop technologies to make life in ...
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Where on my spaceship can I justify more space for my humans?

Spaceships are a peculiar thing; as are the Humies - the hardy folks working and living inside these hunks of metal for weeks or months at a time. Ironically in space living-space is at a premium. Any ...
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Crashland onto a new planet: Origin of the Legal System?

I've been researching the origins of my world's legal system. I'm trying to develop it over time in a somewhat logical and organic manner and I've come to realise that I don't yet have a clear idea of ...
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What might India look like in 2070 in terms of climate change? [closed]

In terms of climate change, what are some reasonable / speculative scenarios for the Indian sub-continent in the general timespan of 2070 - 2100? Hotter patches? Flooded areas? I am basically looking ...
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Realistic date and dimensions for a first future space shipyard? [closed]

If I try to imagine a time and scale (mass and size) for a first space shipyard mankind would build in next decades, how would it look like in a mostly realistic scenario? Ships I think of are more ...
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A 21st Century Duelling Code

A few years from now, perhaps 10 or so, after a horribly botched first-contact led to the temporary conquest of humanity by aliens until humans could adjust to alien technology, humans are once again ...
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How do I measure the stages of futuristic genetic engineering development? [closed]

Please note this question was originally asked and deleted by the user Era. I've chosen to resurrect the question with slight modifications because I think it is deserving of and will foster ...
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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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Trans-humans: neural chip implants and the Dunning-Kreuger effect

Premise The Dunning-Kruger effect is a sociological / psychological phenomenon whereby low-skilled individuals mistakenly think they are good at something. In other words, individuals lack the meta-...
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Futuristic high-caliber low-range weaponry

In Destiny there are hand cannons, which are pretty high-caliber revolvers. In the context of other technology from there, is their hand cannon feasible, is it obsolete in favor of other small arms, ...
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How would an AGI dispose of humans? [duplicate]

Disclaimer : before marking this as a duplicate please take the time to read the entire question, thank you. So a bit of context, in a world similar to ours a scientist/group of scientists create an ...
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Massive Meteor Net?

Premise Suppose a world has no other means to deal with a potentially devastating meteor impact than creating a net on the planet. Their hope is that the massive net will catch the meteor and slow it ...
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What would happen if South Korea invaded North Korea and some of the major powers weren't able to do anything about it? [closed]

So, I'm writing a sci-fi novel that takes place roughly 200 years or so in the future. I'm currently creating a timeline to figure out what nations would be space-faring nations and which ones would ...
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Possible punishment for breaking birth control law [closed]

In near future earth become overpopulated. The most populated countries issued birth control law. However,the government is unable to provide everyone with contraceptive, especially in poor countries. ...
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Will a race survive eugenics?

I recently watched the classic film Gattaca, which is about a world in which humans are selected with desirable traits at birth. Ignore all the ethics of abortion and genocide (like those claimed for ...
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With current or near-future technology, how plausible is an aircraft-based civilization?

A large group of billionaires, engineers, pilots, and volunteers come together to announce the creation of an aircraft-based civilization. Here, people spend most of their lives aboard an aircraft, ...
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Why buy tech from the future?

The Demonstration You're a rich, successful CEO/capitalist working in the electronics business. Your R&D division is exceptional and routinely fabs state of the art processors at bleeding edge ...