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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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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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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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Implications of a Lightsaber on the Middle Ages

Imagine if by chance, a Lightsaber was transferred using a time machine to the middle ages. At first it was found by a peasant. The poor fellow didn't know what to do with it, so he sold it for a few ...
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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 can I make guns available, but not swords?

I'm writing a world where iron is incredibly rare and the technology to make more complex metals like steel was never developed. However, both lead and niter are incredibly common, so firearms were ...
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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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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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Cybernetic Nucleic Acid

Let's say that a patient is in hospital suffering a terminal disease or at least a physical injury that's very expensive to treat. The only hope of salvation is to have artificial, or cybernetic, DNA ...
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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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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 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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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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Microphone implanted in and powered by the body

In an effort to reduce the murder rate I want to greatly increase the chances of getting caught. To do so I invented a device that will record your last words (and potential the murderer's and your ...
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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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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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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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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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How would a temple be made to last and “Reactivate”?

The loose idea of this structure is in my world a secret society believes the Earth is going to be heavily damaged in the near future by war and that humanity will be pushed to the brink of extinction ...
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What kind of weaponry and tactics would be effective against a plant based species?

In my world the Human Empire had always been in a constant struggle against nature itself. One of the Empires foes is a parasitic/symbiotic collective of sentient plants. Basically treants but ...
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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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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 long does an era last? What are the key factors in moving on?

In this story I'm writing, I start in a sword and sandal "age of myth" type setting, but as the centuries press on, it becomes medieval in nature. As even more time passes, there is even some ...
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Reason to not use boats when there is a is river [closed]

In my fantasy world, there is a massive river that flows through the heart of the empire. This river is used for obtaining potable water as well as feeding crops, however, boating is strictly ...
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Could it be possible to contain an artificial singularity? [closed]

Or would it just suck in whatever was attempting to contain it? I for the life of me can't figure out an explanation for it. Could we even create a singularity in the lab or would it be too dangerous?
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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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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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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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How should implanted technology be handled in prison?

In the near future, screens and technology will be implanted in us so we do not need to have another physical device. When a person is in prison, they are not allowed to have access to technology and ...
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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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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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Can you harness electricity without metal?

Can you make devices that produce and use electricity like power supplies, motors, light bulbs, etc. in a society without metal? Not just metal isn't in the device, you can't even use metal in the ...
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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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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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How many spaceships would it take to block the Sun from the daylight side of the Earth?

Think of a giant hemispherical shell, constructed of spaceships, sitting just far enough from Earth to be too far for Earth-based defences and close enough to effectively cast a shadow on the entire ...
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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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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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What technology must exist for a space station to rely on magma to generate energy?

This is a fairly simple question with a likely rather complicated answer. Basically, I worldbuilding a planet that has become a complete wasteland of ash, rock and flowing rivers of magma. The ...
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Phasing Superhero

Currently I am working on how to explain a character that can "phase" through objects in a similar manner to Martian ManHunter. His abilities are negated by certain (rare) metals. His ability could ...
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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?