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Questions tagged [technology]

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Where must computers/telecommunication deviate from reality for a retrofuturistic setting?

I want to build a fantastical retrofuturistic setting, think Thundercats(2011) x Outlaw Star x Star*Drive. I love the aesthetics of retrofuturistic settings, how yesterday saw tomorrow is very ...
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How can I turn ice into gold?

I have my eyes on this new Porsche but all I have is an unlimited supply of ice and a molecular distillery. How can I convert this ice into gold? The molecular distillery can disassemble and ...
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Locking an old spaceship from the outside?

I know it may be a bit of a silly question and not really something of great importance to a story, but how would you secure a spaceship when you leave? For example; when the Millennium Falcon lands ...
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How to preserve and use assault rifles brought to the past

A group of time-traveling soldiers ends up in 15th century Europe. They have an arsenal of either AR's or SMG's and need to use them until their resources (ammo) run out. How can they preserve the ...
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Most effective Faraday-Cage hat design to avoid government spying

A tin foil hat is a hat made from one or more sheets of aluminium foil, or a piece of conventional headgear lined with foil, worn in the belief or hope that it shields the brain from threats such ...
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Ancient, medieval, and middle ages ship speeds

I think an opportunity was missed when this question was asked, but closed. It is relevant to worldbuilding in the same way that this question and this question are, to determine how far apart ...
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Could submachine guns be made in 14th-15th century? [duplicate]

If people of the 14th-15th century had the knowledge required to build a submachine gun, how would they do it and is it possible?
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How much technological regression is plausible?

I'm working on a post-apocalyptic world for a game and the more I think about it the more unsure I get about the technological development of the setting being believable. So I'm asking how likely a ...
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How realistic is it for civilization to regress to a pre-industrial era? [duplicate]

So here's a quick setup: One or two calamities hit as once. No one is spared and every nation on earth is effected by it. Soon the population dwindles to roughly the same number as the 1800's which is ...
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Humans get knocked back into the stone age; would archeologists from 10,000 years in the future be able to tell that we existed?

I am inspired by Dr. Robert Schoc's hypothesis that the Great Pyramid and Sphinx date back to a lost civilization from 10,000 BCE. The Question: Suppose an asteroid/mega solar flare/etc. reduced ...
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What (modern) weapons could be used to destroy skeletal enemies as completely as possible?

As per the cliché, after getting hit by a truck, our protagonist finds herself in a 'swords and sorcery' fantasy world. Also as per the cliché, she is granted an overpowered ability to make her new ...
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What's a modern era armor that would be best for a late medieval-style fantasy world? [on hold]

Armor has changed to meet the needs and demands of a particular time period's training, technology, and combat styles. If you were sent to a medieval fantasy world- full of monsters, mounted knights,...
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Mechanism to slow down the light emitted by an object such that it will result in inaccurate position of the object to the observer?

Let's say that there are two people named S and C. They are not far apart; less than 10 meters. Let's also assume the scenario takes place in late evening or in the night, for simplicity. Normally ...
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How much equipment would be needed to set up a mining colony?

Setting: a mining colony on a distant world, exporting rare-earth minerals. As in many space opera stories, the world is a shirtsleeve environment with a reasonably pleasant biosphere. Tech level: I ...
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Practicality Of Orbital Fusion Reactors for Power

Much of the struggle with terrestrial fusion power seems to be with keeping the ultra-hot plasma contained. In a classic Tokamak configuration, magnets using massive amounts of power, suspend the ...
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Symbiotic benefits for large sentient bio-machine

I’m working on a setting, and have a state I want to achieve but need to come up with a compelling reason for why it is the way it is (even if no one but me ever knows the ‘why’.) I’m after a reasoned,...
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Technological Animal Control

In various TV series and movies villains or organisations have been shown to control animals through technological or cybernetic means, such as the future predators in Primeval. These creatures have ...
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Could someone reasonably clean off and return a child's toy retrieved from a radioactive fallout zone?

So... I've been playing a lot of the video game Subnautica lately, which put me in the mood for a "trying to cope with being marooned on an alien planet" sort of story; however, there's something in ...
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How long will technology (satellites, GPS, Cell Phone) still work after civilization is destroyed?

If a large part of the population was killed, but the infrastructure was basically unharmed (I know it take people to keep things going, but I guess that is part of the question), how long would I ...
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What water generating technology would be required to create a planetary scale flood?

Aqadatio is a planet which is completely flooded. This flood was generated by its own government to get out of debt (long story). The inhabitants of this planet are technologically advanced, more so ...
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What are the power options for intelligent humanoid robots?

In my future setting on Earth (or an Earth-like planet; haven't decided), the fields of robotics and AI have taken off and we have intelligent, ambulatory robots. (They were initially thought of as ...
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A Roman-technology clock run by slaves - how to make it accurate

In a land similar to the Roman Empire, slaves are used to drive machinery. Mostly this is a matter of getting them to pull carts or wind handles. The Emperor wants a clock that is accurate to the ...
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Using Snow to generate Electricity in Antarctica

So I had an idea for an emergency electricity generator that works like this: you fill a bucket up with snow, you pour it down a hatch and the snow spins some turbines which spin some generators to ...
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How to keep intelligent races from discovering electricity?

Without changing a planet from being habitable for humans and keeping a similar ecosystem why could intelligent races never access electricity? ...
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What could prevent a planet from possessing magnets/electricity?

Without changing a planet from being habitable for humans and keeping a similar ecosystem why could intelligent races never access electricity? What systems need to be erased from the planet to not ...
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What are the fundamental limitations of echolocation in Earth's atmosphere?

I'm writing a cyberpunk novel where one of the characters has an augmentation that allows them to echolocate. The idea is that there is a device on the center of his forehead (is there a more optimal ...
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Enforcing a speed limit in medieval times

The Emperor has decreed that the speed limit for horses and horse-drawn vehicles within city limits is to be 5 leagues per hour. As usual he has left the implementation details to his Scientific ...
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Formulating likelyhood for civilization to face weapons-based self-destruction [closed]

Premise I would like to create a formula that tackles the question of how likely a civilization is to commit self-annihilation. At first glance it doesn't sound possible or practical for that matter. ...
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Hypothetical: Could living standards improve in a zero economic and population growth society?

This is a hypothetical question, with the intention of exploring the nature of wealth and standard of living. By zero growth, I mean that the output of goods and services produced per person does not ...
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How much can you learn about a planet while in its orbit?

Suppose a team of astronauts have travelled to another solar system, and are currently living in a craft which is in Medium Earth Orbit of a planet which has oceans, continents, and complex life. ...
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Victorian CCTV?

In a setting of late Victorian technology, would it be possible to record and replay sound and light near-real-time similar to modern video-recordings? The ideal criteria for the system would be (in ...
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What can I do with perfectly precise “weights”? [closed]

Suppose I have a few "weights". Half of them, and I know which half, has a mass EXACTLY, to infinite precision, twice the other half. I know that very quickly the weights will not be exactly related ...
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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 ...
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Spaceship Engineering & Infrastructure Challenges: Air Currents

I have a spherical spaceship that is about 2 kilometers in diameter with an outer clear, yet strong shell. This spaceship is largely made up of empty space occupied by air. Aside from this the ...
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Hurricanes - How to Protect Against the Damage

Disclaimer: First off, this is not a duplicate of this question. That question deals with stopping the hurricane, or preventing it from ever forming in the first place. It was discovered that wasn't ...
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Could an industrial and a post-industrial civilization exist at the same time?

One of the big issues I have run into while building the story I'm currently working on, is the fact that their are multiple nations that exist in an industrial state, while others are far past this ...
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What's the next stage of transportation, after wormholes are invented?

I've seen many movies in which advanced civilizations use wormhole-opening technologies to either travel across the universe, or to simply get to the other side of a city. And this is also what I've ...
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Would it be more efficient to build fleets in orbit?

My Dino theme park business didn't end well and I reluctantly fall into depression and decided to go into suspended animation to seek a cure. 200 years later, a lady claims she works with the military ...
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What is the most reasonable way for non-binary computers to have become standard?

Let us assume planet Earth, with a history similar to ours. Except, the result of the computer revolution is not a computer system based on binary (i.e. 0 and 1), but some other system. This system ...
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How can a city state remain neutral among techno barbarian tribes? [closed]

There was an ancient war between two advanced alien civilizations that culminated in a battle over Earth. These two armies destroyed themselves in this final battle, but the fallout indirectly ravaged ...
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Would using thick glass wall be better than electric fence for my dino theme park?

My company has perfected its gene modifying technique.We can create life-sized hybrids of dinosaurs, with the exact appetite and behaviour as the original species (at least according to our advice ...
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Minimum percentage of immune when epidemic lowers IQ in the 80's?

I have an epidemic of unknown origin spreading across the earth. The effects are decrease in cognitive ability to around 80+ IQ. So we have a surgeons who don't know how to operate, engineers who don'...
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Technologically advanced civilization still using melee armor and weapons

Similar idea to this post, why would an advanced civilization able to create AI/ droids ranging from 'hardshell' (I-Robot (movie) or C3P0) to 'soft' (Bishop (Aliens)) still have use for melee combat, ...
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Why would civilizations with advanced technology still use castles?

Despite being awesome marvels and once incredibly important, ever since explosives became a thing, castles have become obsolete. Until now... Imagine two equally advanced civilizations at war. Both ...
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Can the Aztec Empire learn and reuse Conquistador technology?

In this alternate history, Christopher Columbus makes landfall in Central America, after passing south of Florida and sailing through the Gulf of Mexico, arriving right on the doorstep of the Aztec ...
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Creating a world run by corporations [closed]

Recently, CDPR Projekt Red released a trailer featuring a dystopian cyberpunk world more or less run by corporations. To give an example, the most powerful (and expensive) medical services group will ...
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How Long Would Artifacts Last Under the Moon's Surface?

How Long? In the 1960s, unknown to most, the United States set up a secret base on the moon manned by an "extra" aboard each Apollo lander. NASA architects decided that the base must be built into ...
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Tanks in medieval age [closed]

If people of the medieval age or 14th century had knowledge over steam engines and decided to make tanks out of it, how would it work and how effective would it be? Since they would be big and heavy, ...
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Trains and light bulbs but no guns? [closed]

Would it make much sense in a sword (and possibly sorcery) world to have trains and light bulbs but no guns?
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Could machine guns be produced in the 14th century? [duplicate]

Could light machine guns such as the Madsen be made during the 14th century? And since materials may be scarce only a few would be produced for use by a single soldier in a unit. Lets say their ...