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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 will cell phones become in 100 years? [closed]

There isn't much more to this one than the title. Think real-world future, no dramatic apocalyptic/world changing events. The "100" figure is more a ballpark than a specific number. Consider: An ...
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Would the totality of all living human brains be valuable to an alien superintelligence?

I have a scenario where, thousands of years ago, an alien AI is imprisoned in a human body in place of a traditional AI box to limit its mental capacities (it's being punished and not expected to do ...
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Underwater plasma mines

I've heard that we are developing plasma launchers capable of firing unstable plasma toroids for now (at least from what I heard). Admitting that the said projectile would be stable, would it be ...
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Neural network used as “doping”

A genius programmer (someone with initials PJ) created a neural network aimed to provide the best results in running marathon for human. Thanks to Google deep dream project, this programmer also ...
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Winning a ground war with China [closed]

I'm writing backstory for a project. Overview The year is 2022. China has just attempted to seize Taiwan and solidify their control of the South China Sea. However, their plan has backfired; Taiwan ...
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With today's technology, how much of the human body could be replaced by cybernetics?

In the last few decades there has been a lot of progress in the development of prosthetic limbs. They can be operated by the user's nerve pulses, they can be fitted with simple touch sensors, and can ...
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Shockwave Stun Rifle?

I'm looking for a kind of non-lethal weapon that can deliver a shockwave or energy blow to stun and disable a moving target for my sci-fi story. It's set in the future, so I could use a concept weapon ...
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How can a revolution occur if the leadership class is indestructible?

In the future, a globalized economy gradually stitches the various governments of the world together into a single federation. The richest and most powerful of each state and economy entrench their ...
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In the future, how would a cybernetic implant work?

Athena is a young woman living in the year 2028. Smartphones are long gone and technology has evolved to a point where its bio-compatible. Athena might have several implants, for example one from a ...
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Damaging a near future spacecraft by hand

It's the near future, and Bob goes for a spacewalk outside the International Space Station or Space Shuttle or some similar type of realistic space craft. Suddenly, and unfortunately, Bob goes space-...
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The Combination on magic and Near-Future warfare

Note: Magic is something that this would does still not fully understand making integration difficult, it would be mostly trial and error if at all attempted. Magic and warfare stories are usually ...
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What weapon would be most effective for orbital bombardment?

After reading Kim Stanley Robinson's Blue Mars, I've been considering the role of orbiting space stations in warfare. It seems like whoever controls space has a good chance of controlling the planet ...
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Future soldiers using musket-like weapons

The standard weapons of the future soldier (from pistols to rifles to artillery) are, like most 18th century firearms, very slow to fire. It might take 5 to 20 seconds to reload (or recharge, or ...
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Realistic timeframes for interstellar travel and the development of antimatter propulsion

So in my setting, humanity has developed reliable sub-light travel using antimatter propulsion by the year 2247, and has slowly begun exploring and colonizing immediate interstellar space within a ...
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Are Jetpacks feasible?

A lot of old fashioned science fiction features jetpacks, the design is very simplistic; two small jet engines attached to the back via straps. My company has been chosen to try and sell the jetpack ...
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Can you build the wall and still remain in club of the most powerful countries? [closed]

This question is inspired by the fact that Donald Trump is Republican nominee for next president. However, I am going to break rule there and here, so please assume we are talking about alternate ...
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Why should humans risk a robot apocalypse by modifying Asimov's laws?

I recently read the following xkcd strip: I was dismayed, because I've been working on a short story centered on the sociological impacts of a near-future society where a minority of robots obey a ...
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Would people give up social contacts to their personal AI?

One Czech sci-fi author presented idea on his feed on how people might deal with contacts in not so far future: Imagine you can have your own "personal assistant AI" loaded to your smart phone. It ...
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How to deal with space pirates? [closed]

A normal trade ship can arm themselves with cannons, in order to deal with pirates. However that is merely 2 dimensional, and the pirates will be seen when they are in range to hit the trade ship (...
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Modern/Near Future Melee Armor

Modern Melee Weapons seem to be traditional melee weapons with stronger,lighter materials and improvements like shock circuitry. Are there examples of modern armors/material designed to stop modern ...
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Planet Wars 1 : Where to start? [closed]

When people consider a war between planets, they immediately think of throwing big rocks at it. What my question is, when you know another planet is going to attack, what is the first thing that ...
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How to ensure repayment of investment from space colonies in an information economy?

Imagine a world in which earth has started to colonize other worlds slowly, though the expense to send ships to other worlds is extremely high, and without FTL drive it takes some times to create a ...
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Impacts of the collapse of the current cyber-security? [closed]

Much of the information transferred over the internet is encrypted using methods which rely on the fact that currently, very large numbers are extremely difficult to factor. Imagine that in the near ...
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What would happen to the internet if Google disappeared?

There are a lot of great questions about What would happen if the internet failed semi-permanently and What would happen if electricity stopped working. As we all know, Google has a great impact on ...
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Noticing a space-fight or, A muzzle-flash on the deep

It’s Earth, the modern day…and in the out there, there is a fight going on. Two vast space-empires duel for survival, locked in hateful combat. Clashes of fleets and individual spaceships are the most ...
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Does drugging prisoners actually solve anything?

On the internet, I saw a post that the scientists are testing a drug that makes you feel the passage of time differently and that you can feel like 50 years passed in a day. Such drug should be used ...
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Given the possibility for criminal use and the growing regulations on air traffic, how could we bring flying cars closer to a reality?

Having ubiquitous civilian flying machines would be a hazard for security, and a very useful attack vector for terrorism. Guards that only had to watch out the horizon now have a full 3-d sphere to ...
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How will life change when people become immortal? [closed]

Imagine that in not so distant future becoming immortal is in reach of every living person. Let's assume that immortality means that some person simply stops aging. Resuming aging and becoming ...
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What would be the most extreme form of a surveillance state? And what would living/working in it look like?

For a story, I try to create a perfect Orwellian state with the current state of technology. The government controls every aspect of its citizens daily life via constant automated surveillance (CCTV,...
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A nuclear weapon to destroy the earth - in public domain!

Aliens (or atleast we presume it's aliens) have radio broadcasted from a distant part of the universe. They have provided a method to create a nuclear weapon powerful enough to blow up the entire ...
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Can rebelling US state join the commonwealth?

Requirement: Suspend disbelief for sci-fi parody story Story idea: Donald Trump wins US presidential elections. One US state rebels against it and leaves USA. People of that state also gain ...
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What groups will face unjustified prejudice in the future once technology makes current lines of prejudice harder to justify?

This is a difficult question to ask since so potentially politically charged discussions and I'm making some large sweeping statements in trends. I am not saying anything specifically about whether I ...
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What motivation would people have for mining planetary rings?

People have proposed mining the moon for Helium-3 and mining asteroids for gold, iridium, and other precious metals. Suppose we have the means to do so in an economically-viable manner. We've got ...
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How could earth civilizations send 2000+ humans to Venus in six years?

Current Settings Humanity could no longer access earth for some reason (it could be anything from alien invasion, third world war, ecological disaster, etc) starting at 2028, and they know about this ...
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How far in the future can my protagonist travel without getting sick?

I'd like to send my protagonist permanently into the near-ish future. I suspect that something as simple as the common cold could be deadly to my protagonist once we get a little further along. I am ...
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What would be the future of libraries in the next 100 years of the digital age? [closed]

A library is a beautiful storehouse of knowledge. With the advent of digital technology, many books and publications are taking the digital route through e-books. Resources are becoming easily ...
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Anti-Photography Technology?

Are there any current or emerging technologies that would make it difficult to copy documents? I've looked for things, but I've mostly found technology for preventing making authentic-looking ...
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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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Is this method of controlling population feasible in the contemporary world? [closed]

We all know the threats of the ever increasing population oh humans on earth. Increasing food demands, encoachment, increasing population density of cities, poverty etc. are the problems associated ...
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Paper making in zero g

Suppose you were an astronaut on a space ship in the near future. Or an on an asteroid mission where little to no gravity is available. In such a situation it would be difficult to justify taking a ...
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How viable would an analog computing revolution be?

I am trying to write a sci-fi setting in a not so distant future in which analog signal (brainwaves, in this case) processing is one of the main points of the plot and pretty much required to explain ...
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How would society be affected by ultra-highspeed travel?

My setting is in the near-future, approximately 200 years from now. Among the many technological advances that have come about are ultra highspeed trains. For the purposes of this question, ...
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What does it take to make a permanent blindness gun?

One of the many things I'm afraid of is the existence of lasers that cause permanent blindness. I know that it would take a lot of energy to melt someone's face or cut off limbs like in Star Wars, but ...
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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 ...
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How would a population react to an AI made for the purpose of statewide surveillance using current tech?

Setting The US is waging a failing War on Drugs where cartels are quickly gaining power. Scenario In the near future, say 2030, with current technology, the Texas state government is implementing a ...
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What does a future with no progress look like?

Let's say in 10 years Moore's law fails and computers hit a wall in their evolution. (because of electron tunneling or something similar). We can still write better code and stack more CPUs but they ...
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Is it possible to form new religion with > 1 billion followers today?

This question is inspired by: Is it possible for a religion with >1 billion followers to die out? and by the fact that I got approached by Mormon Missionaries: Current Earth, "tomorrow" I am going ...
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Could humans achieve immortality in a near future?

Considering all the recent articles about humans becoming immortal in the coming 40-50 years, is it really possible? The suggested method is to transfer humans consciousness from their biological ...
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A Treasure Chest for your Post-apocalyptic Children

Prior to the point in my story when the nature of the looming apocalypse becomes known, my main character acquires a large (6-foot) air-tight freezer chest, puts it (unplugged) in his basement, fills ...
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Apps for our bodies [closed]

People speculate that in the not-too-distant future we could have nanobots in our body, or custom DNA in our cells. With this merging of technology with our basic biology, something that seems ...