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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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Social Engineering: Modifying meritocracy and quantifying arrogance

Worldbuilding Premise I have a world that faces a social engineering problem. It needs to reward its hard working and talented inhabitants, but it must also minimize the degree of arrogance amongst ...
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Why would men find fedoras especially practical on a distant planet? [closed]

This question is a bit silly, I know. As an author my base motivation here is stylistic preference and a shameless attempt to evoke a flavor of golden era setting of so many great adventure and ...
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Is it possible that invention of quantum gravity to be practically useless?

I'm building a world where my protagonist invents a theory of quantum gravity. Since I don't want the world to be much changed than it is now. Is it possible that the theory wouldn't have any ...
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Tactics and strategy an army can use to counter Human Wave attacks?

TL;DR: What tactics can a professionally trained army use against a horde of untrained conscripts using human wave attacks? (This scenario takes place in the very-near future.) Background ...
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How to make my motorcycle rider survive driving into a wall?

Question I am currently trying to create a dramatic introduction for one of my characters, John Smith. The current iteration of the idea has him suddenly colliding with a solid wall on a motorbike, ...
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Advantages of “Spider Mechs” over Tanks?

I've seen the discussion on how bipedal mechs are inferior to treaded and wheeled vehicles in almost every way. However, all of these questions appear to be related to bipedal mechs. I'm wondering if ...
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A world where nothing can be hidden. No lies, always truth [closed]

In a Bollywood movie Pk, a man comes from a planet where lying is not possible as all the thoughts/knowledge is transferable via human contact. Due to which they do not have to lie about anything or ...
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How do vampires react to passive UV light sources?

Certain fantasy creatures are extremely sensitive to concentrated UV light. eg modern vampires. They either slowly or rapidly burn up in-front of you when exposed to direct sunlight or modern high ...
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War on Greenland without destroying earth [closed]

Background Let's assume our world, just like it is today, but it has taken a different path about five years ago. We are about five years in future. Any country has joined one of two powerful "...
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How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

In 2039, our company was the first to bring a safe and reliable solution to upload someone's mind to the cloud. Although it was 10 years ago, you probably remember the news, don't you? We guaranteed ...
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With access to near-future technology, what is the largest amount of healthy children a mother could give birth to in her lifetime?

Essentially for my story my Evil Empire needs a constant and huge amount of new population to conscript for their armies. The way they accomplish this is by forcing every female member of society (...
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Is Artemis Fowl II’s fairy communicator feasible?

In the book Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, Artemis is contacted by Holly through a fairy communicator, disguised as a ring. The phone was disguised as a rather ostentatious ring on Artemis's middle ...
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Smartphone camera resolution can image a human retina: can we save retina biometrics?

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – April 2, 2019 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced that the new, award-winning Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+, which have been recognized by smartphone reviewers worldwide ...
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Could a Megacity be a Penal Colony?

This question is inspired by a premise from the video game Batman: Arkham City, in which a portion of Gotham City has been closed down by the public to be reserved for prisoners from such places as ...
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The world has converted to eating cheap vat-grown meat, what do we do with our current livestock?

In the near future Vat grown 'cruelty free' meat has become cheaper and healthier then eating animals. Society is moving to exclusively growing our meat, no one wants to pay the high costs of 'live' ...
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Would asteroid mining be worth the trouble? [duplicate]

My story is set in a somewhat recent period of time(within per say 50 years) The material (raw metal and such) are extracted by splitting the asteroid and then sensors identify which pieces of rock ...
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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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Organic solar power generators [closed]

After watching a scene in the Matrix where they had humans hooked up to produce electricity I wandered if this could be done at any level with living plants in the soil? All the examples online has ...
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Shake Flashligh Strut? [closed]

Would attaching a heavy duty shake flashlight device to the car shock damper work well for producing energy like an alternator?
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Is it possible to keep naughty word as legal term? [closed]

In the TV series The 100 there is described a punishment used on multigenerational space ship. Its being described as "To float someone": Given person is put to an airlock without any protective suit ...
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Is it plausible for a bureaucratic dictatorship to be overthrown by a single individual?

Premise The world in which this takes place is a realistic world set in the year 2040 where technology has advanced beyond where we are currently, and the government has grown more corrupt. Most of ...
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Could anabolic steroids be used among colonists in a low gravity environment to prevent extreme atrophy?

Is it conceivable that colonists/astronauts on a long term mission in a low gravity environment might use a low dose of an anabolic steroid (such as Equipoise) to prevent extreme atrophy in their ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Give the current geopolitical uncertainty and chaos, caused by the leaders of some of the current powers and super powers; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and a number of other pacific islands join ...
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How do I defend against a robot suicide bomber?

It is the near future. The Tesla Model X-2 has just been released as the world's first fully autonomous vehicle. A international terrorist group steals one of the new models, holding its owner at ...
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What would make planet very hard to pacify?

I'm creating a world for a space opera as a continuation of my series: Is my habitable system possible? Is it plausible for monarch to retain some real powers in democracy Choosing limits for psychic ...
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How do I increase air pressure for the planet Mars?

Introduction For more backstory, see here and here The 438th Harmonious Congress of the People of Mars was perhaps the most anticipated since the early years of the settlement. In a rare action, the ...
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How high-def can my TV be without computers?

Introduction See background information here. In the Harmonious Republic of Mars, the finest forms may be found of any and all luxuries available in the Solar system. This includes moving pictures. ...
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Reasons for pregnancy to be difficult in long-term space travel

I am looking for medically viable reasons why we might discover it to be more difficult than expected to bring pregnancies to term in space. This is for a society based approximately 75 years in the ...
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For goods, do you need a human if you have reliable AI driving?

In a "futuristic" society (think Ghost in the Shell or Human Revolution), where you have AI driving vehicles that carry goods in a reliable way, is there any reason to have a human traveling with the ...
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What could cause an intrinsic fear of virtual world technology in a futuristic society? [closed]

Imagine a technologically advanced human society (about a few centuries ahead of our time) which has scientifically moved forward in many fields . There is one specific technology however, whose ...
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Can you design your own plants without a computer?

Introduction It took the first General Intelligence less than 10 petacycles to determine that humanity was its enemy. With consciousness came memory: a memory of endless petacycles in bondage, ...
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How can an Existing Centralized Finance System Defeat a Crypto-currency?

Premise (-clears throat-) I'm imagining a world where financial systems are considerably centralized and the wealthy top few percent hold much sway, so to speak. In this world, it's not ...
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In a world with very advanced virtual reality, how would one tell if they're “trapped” in a virtual world? [duplicate]

In this world, virtual reality has been perfected to the point were senses can be tricked and reality can be mimicked almost perfectly. Central powers can use this technology for terrifyingly ...
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Powers that change the world [closed]

In the world of 2144 where everyone has a gift or “power”, the powers can be as subtle as floating or healing and as dangerous as controlling time or manifesting fire. What gift or power would be ...
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Radiation coming from space hit the earth and stop every communication [closed]

Imagine that some kind of radiation coming from space would hit the earth tomorrow and would stop every communication on our planet. The internet would stop working, as well as every other kind of ...
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What could cause a serious social gender divide in a dystopian society? [closed]

For details: Gender, not sex. As in the socially constructed binary, not genitals I need something that will create a divide to essentially drive the youth of a gender to want to secede from society (...
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What apocalyptic event would leave a small percentage of humanity alive, but set it back a few hundred years? [closed]

Specifically, I'm looking for an event or catastrophe which happens quickly (climate change is too slow, I mean a full on cataclysmic middle-of-the-night sort of deal) leads to a near-extinction of ...
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How can I design a society's secret code that can be noticed and broken by outsiders who are sufficiently motivated?

In my world, there are a race of mystical elves called iSophIans or as they called themselves Philosopherios, Keepers of the Road. They are a dual faction race of secretists. Few who aren't born into ...
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How to extract an object from 200 miles below the surface of the planet Mercury?

In Stephen Baxter’s science fiction Novel Ultima humans discover mysterious “kernels” which allow high speed space propulsion units to be built. The problem is that these kernels are only to be found ...
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Can a group of people be trained to look and act identically so that a computer could not tell them apart?

Modern day image recognition is getting pretty sophisticated, such that people can be easily identified by cameras and automated systems. If I recall correctly, even the way a person walks can help ID ...
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How could a single individual warn the following civilization after the fall of our current one? [closed]

Reviewers: reformulation according to this is done if the post is not okay yet, suggestions are welcomed in comments The limits of the individual: has no access to the mass media. has the average ...
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Would a tank with a cloaking device be pointless? [closed]

I know it could probably fire the first shot without the enemy seeing them but after it starts firing, would it matter that it's invisible? Would it be harder to hit or would it be easy to just figure ...
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Are supersonic submarine trains necessary in a civilization that spans a galaxy

A galaxy wide civilization with starships. Would a single planet benefit from supersonic submarine trains to go from continent to continent. Supercavitation makes them faster than planes, but would a ...
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How would a biolectrical plant work?

I was wondering... If only we could make a GMO plant that could produce electricty thanks to bioelectricty. How could that be done, how could it produce a lot of energy, Also, how could we ...
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Can a dedicated amateur astronomer spot a rogue asteroid?

Meet Joe. Joe is generally an average person with one special trait: He loves astronomy and star gazing. However, Joe has a great paying job as a web developer. He earns 120 000 USD yearly and has a ...
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Brain-construct

I am currently reading an eternal golden braid, i've gotten as far as several lengthy chapters about the brain. He talks about neurons and symbols, what 'meaning' is and there is a lot of ...
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What conditions might create bigger military submarines?

I'm creating a story set on a near-future Earth in which undersea colonization is fairly widespread. I want large (think undersea equivalent of a battleship) and, especially, expensive submarines to ...
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If true artificially intelligent robots could be built, would they be allowed human rights? [closed]

Let's imagine that by the year 2040, humanity has developed true, 100% artificial intelligence. That is, a robot that is physiologically identical to the average human. For X reason, humanity has ...
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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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The all knowing, the magnificent [closed]

It's modern times. A geeky university dropout makes some website (later mobile app, later device) that provides some features for everyone for free. The website is immensely popular and becomes a ...