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Questions tagged [technology]

For questions about the creation, use, and application of all types of technology.

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If a space shuttle was going to crash during a botched landing back on earth, is there any way for crew to eject safely before impact? [on hold]

If a space shuttle is going to crash during a botched landing back on earth, is there any possible way (emergency vessel, etc.?) for crew to eject and land safely away from the shuttle?
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Ice Age Cavalry

The history of horse domestication, according to recent research, starts somewhere on the plains of eastern Europe 6,000 years ago. Since then, cavalry had become a major turning point in Old World ...
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Most likely timeline for new world technology recreation [on hold]

In the classical dystopian future scenario, imagine earth is doomed but somehow an alien benefactor race offers us the possibility of transporting a set of humans to an almost perfect replicate of our ...
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How much medical information could we gather from a wrist-worn device?

Context I have been thinking about the Pip Boy device from the Fallout series of videogames. It is a portable, wearable computer that can gather a lot of data about the user. It looks like this: And ...
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How do I make a rock with magical properties teleport people? [closed]

Thinking about it, you probably need more context than that, so here we go. Basically, in my Earth/Alt Universe world, there's this new magical rock, let's call it, stranglium! Stranglium, on touch ...
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Artificial Intelligent Robots are taking control of my planet. How to stop them? [closed]

My Planet is actually 100 years in future when compared to earth's age. It got all kinds of resources and technologies when compared to an earth like planet(Even more advanced like flying cars and . ...
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How to not let magic advance the technology too fast?

So lets say that the level of the non-magic wielding species i.e. humans technology is at around the level it was in the early medieval times. I would then introduce magic to the rest of the world in ...
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How would a different society learn to use our technology

I'm a long time lurker and while browsing this site, I just got a question: If all of us humans are replaced with a different set of humans with a different script and language right now, how long ...
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How would Asiimov's “Three Laws of Robotics” be enforced effectively for robots built by private companies? [closed]

For a storytelling project, I'm trying to imagine a world in which fairly advanced, bipedal robots are being developed and produced by private companies. As these robots would be capable of easily ...
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Can we build a 3D maneuver gear from Attack on Titan?

Context In the animé Attack on Titan, armed forces use a special device called 3D maneuver gear (also called vertical movement gear) to move through the air. The system is based on a pair of ...
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How to limit magic mirrors so they're not overly powerful?

Based on a set of questions by Pavel Janicek about how to address and then monetize magic mirrors in today's modern world. The short version of these magic mirrors is that any one magic mirror can ...
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New Hologram World with touch and feel, Possible? Land, Water, Fire, Air, Sky with touch and feel Hologram? [closed]

I'm curious if it's possible for humans to create a Hologram World. Atmosphere for Hologram World: Touch and feel for all living and non living objects in the world Living Hologram objects which ...
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How would a unguligrade human (similar to a satyr/faun) ride a horse?

I am working on creating a fantasy race called the Aemani. As they are part deer they are unguligrade bipeds (like a faun or satyr). I am in the midst of creating their culture however I don't know ...
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WIll VR eliminate physical travel [closed]

WIll VR eliminate physical travel such as commuting to work, holidays, road trips or going out with friends?
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How close are we to full immersion/deep dive Virtual Reality ?(as in percentage) [closed]

Will it happen within our lifetimes? By using nervegear, nanobots, mind uploading, Neuralink maybe? And if we get full dive VR will it be limited to gaming? Or it is just all fantasy?
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What are some alternatives to magic and technology? [closed]

It seems most worlds are run by either magic or technology. Sometimes it is both. But usually they are opposites. One may be the yin to the yang. Entire societies are usually based off of one or the ...
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What kind of permits do I need to control the weather?

My weather control machine works! I dragged it out to international waters on a barge and was able to seed a moderately sized rain storm.* I'd like to start using my device in the United States for ...
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What would be the fastest method of detecting and destroying drone intruders in a geomagnetic storm area using modern technology?

In my world, I have a geomagnetic storm generator that conceals an island from major governing bodies in an Earth-like setting. I learned that exploratory drones would be unable to transmit findings ...
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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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High tech underwater weapon

Assume soldiers of the future need to fight person to person underwater, at depths from 30 to unachievable today, like 1-2 kilometer. Today, underwater warfare between scuba divers, involves ...
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How can I ensure my Evil Tower is always stormy?

It's been a good year for me as an Evil Overlord. Lots of princess kidnapping turned into sizable ransoms, several of my Doomsday Devices were sold for high prices at auction, and my Minions have been ...
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What would a medieval steam locomotive look like?

My question is pretty simple, if the steam locomotive were invented during the middle to late medieval period, what would it look like? We are just going to ignore how it was invented. My guess is ...
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What would be a good way to mix magic and tech? [closed]

I want to create a world that combines both magic and steampunkish technology melding them into two different branches. With a school for each. What would be a good starting point?
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Really, really hard wood - how is it cut and formed?

In the County of the Isles, on Ironwood Island, there grow the Ironwood Trees. Ironwood is close to steel in strength, doesn't take an edge well, and is lighter than steel. The technology level of ...
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How would a ship defend against a sea creature, and possibly win?

I have a Viking-inspired race living on a harsh ocean based planet with very rough and cold seas. In these seas there are giant creatures, not unlike kraken who frequently attack ships. I was thinking ...
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Which would a good way to defend from mind controlling aliens? [closed]

Earth is being invaded by an alien species which is pretty similar to humans, being basically the only difference that instead of using for war destruction by weapons, they have developed technology ...
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Why can't mana-vampires use artificial wombs to grow humans to feed off of?

Dark elves, a vampire-like species, exist on a plane known as the fae-realm and must feed on other creatures to survive. Their souls are constantly being drained of mana by their deity, who ironically ...
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Individuality and Agency in the face of Technological singularity

I'm trying to work out a philosophical question in order to determine the central theme of my story, so let me give you an overview of what I'm trying to work with... hopefully y'all can give me some ...
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Could a medieval planet industrialize/modernize if it was conquered by a more advanced culture for 19 years?

In my book series (link here), Aurea (a planet based on Byzantine Anatolia) is conquered by a group called the Tatians, who have access to technology that would not be out of place in Star Wars (...
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What insect-derived products were used by ancient and medieval human society? [closed]

Other than honey from bees and silk from silkworms, were there other instances where insects were "domesticated" and put to use? Or even if insects and their derivatives were collected from the wild ...
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How would a time traveller conquer the ancient world?

I have found myself approximately 2000 years in the past, I didn't bring anything with me. But since I am here, I want to conquer the world with my knowledge from the future. Or as much as is possible ...
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Could an all-knowing being create electricity in the year 20 AD? [closed]

I have always found it strange that godly beings who descended from heaven to earth (I'm referring not just to the ones you are familiar with but beings mentioned in various cultures across the world) ...
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How can I keep an atmosphere on Mars?

Okay, so I'm an engineer who's been tasked with transforming Mars. I don't need to make it perfect for people to be able to walk around free with no life support. But I do need to make life, ...
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What if the world was basically reset but people still remembered things? [closed]

In my story, the world has come to a point where technology has advanced a bit farther than what we have now but the ecosystem is in a terrible state. With the aid of magic, one of the characters ...
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Pirates, IN THE SKY? [duplicate]

Alright so the basics here are pretty simple. I want to have pirates, but in the sky, pretty much what you expected from the title there. BUT, and it is a big one, there is this little problem I keep ...
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Is the concept of my flying carpet possible?

My planet is tidally locked to its sun. It has a slightly thicker atmosphere than Earth. Over the planet’s sun-side surface, there would be no wind because that area is in the middle of a big cyclone/...
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Can coins be made out of concrete or cement?

Would it be possible to make coins from concrete with designs like the metal ones?
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Compact Arm Gun Prosthetic?

In the DC universe, there exists a hero known as Sister Superior with prosthetic arms that are capable of turning into any weapon she desires. Interestingly, her arms look no different from a regular ...
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Is it hypothetically possible to create a giant levee that is a non-physical forcefield or electronic membrane?

What examples are there in science fiction of molecular shields that can cancel out or "eat" certain molecules--and are they plausible? Is it hypothetically possible to create a giant levee that is a ...
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How many aircraft could this submarine aircraft carrier carry on its flight deck? [closed]

I have a humongous submarine aircraft carrier (dubbed a Kharybdis-class submarine) shaped like a triangular arrowhead. This submarine can launch a wide variety of aircraft from its flight deck such as ...
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I have made a design for creating artificial gravity on low gravity worlds for my world, does it work?

So I have been thinking about making a building on the moon that would create a 1g environment for the people inside without making the structure to inconvenient to attempt to get into and this is my ...
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What do Lunar colonists drive in the 21st century?

So I my question is quite simple. With current technology or technology that we are likely to gain this century would it be easier for Lunar colonization programs to develop wheeled vehicles or ...
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Self-sustainment [duplicate]

In world I am talking about everyone vanished but two people. Everyone just dissapeared, like no body has been left. I have them contact via internet but then I realize; there is noone to tend servers....
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Destruction of space colonist's technology

Colonists from Earth colonized an exoplanet and for a few decades everything was fine, but one day Earth is destroyed by a nuclear war or whatever, so no more communication, help etc with it. Then, ...
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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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Oyster Shell Scale Mail

Would it be possible to make a crude scale mail out of oyster or some other mussel shells. If so how effective would it be? Do I need to invent some kind of super tough oyster for it to work?
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What might the political climate in the United States look like in twenty or thirty years? [closed]

I wrote a speculative science fiction novel in 2014, and last week I met a copy editor who suggested that I do some digging to find out how the society in which my character would be integrated would ...
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Looking for a way to power a locomotive in a pseudo-1600s fantasy world

Assuming a world where there were no steam engines available, would it be possible for large passenger or cargo trains to exist? Would it be possible to use horse-engines to power a locomotive? If ...
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Martian warfare: could motorcycles be used in war?

This probably sounds like a ridiculous question but it is actually very simple. It seems possible to me to modify a motorcycle to be weaponized and indeed very deadly here on Earth (if you had the ...
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Can planes fly on Mars?

My question is very simple, I want to know if the Martian atmosphere is too thin to hold planes up and, if it is thick enough, how high planes could reasonably go. This is considering heat management ...