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How can I penalize using accelerated time in Full Dive Virtual Reality?

Theoretically, if you engage in a so called Full Dive VR, you can — inside the simulation — experience things at an accelerated rate, meaning your subjective experience is many hours, while mere ...
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Is this timeframe realistic for compact full-brain simulation?

The year is 2175, and at this point, there are compact ASIC systems (no larger than a 2024 smartphone) that use a combination of powerful dedicated processors and some quantum computing subsystems ...
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Does a "reality simulator" break the laws of relativity? If so, can it be fixed?

This isn't a simulated universe per se, but in a similar fashion, there is an entity "in" this universe (let's call it the "Processor" to keep the computer analogy). This Processor ...
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Detecting ancestor simulations (and recreations) [closed]

It is against the galactic treaty on the rights of living, thinking beings to: Keep a person in ignorance of the wider worlds of humanity. Hide technology that could save lives or ease suffering. ...
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Could a virtual person hack their own reality?

I am just contemplating a sci-if story set in a dystopian future, where the discovery that the universe is a computerised simulation has led governments to found a “Reality Guard”; an elite dedicated ...
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Will the hackers prevent all-five senses VR sets from ever becoming popular? [closed]

In future, VR gaming sets featuring complete sense of temperature, odors and pain have emerged. By default, pain is limited to just 10% of realistic value, for safety reasons while playing brutal ...
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If brain machine interfaces existed, what sort of failsafes might exist so a user would know definitively they are in the real world not a simulation? [duplicate]

I don’t imagine scamming and hacking going away. How can someone be sure they’re back in reality not a simulation? It seems like it would be all too easy to trick someone into disclosing sensitive ...
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Virtual reality via neural stimulation [closed]

I just learned that scientists are able to stimulate certain regions of a person's brain to make them feel certain emotions or move parts of their body. I was wondering if it would be possible to ...
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Simulation Computing Loophole? [closed]

The story i'm working on is set on a near future where brain-computer interface has evolved enough for people to control virtual bodies in real time and feel every physical stimuli from the virtual ...
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Can time go faster in a Matrix than in reality?

So. I've come up with a live-action video game, essentially like Ready Player One or The Matrix. You put on a helmet, which then intercepts your brain signals and causes you to enter a virtual reality....
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Hacking the simulation to do time travel (with quantum computers?)

I am trying to come up with a plausible speculative physics explanation for a story I am writing where the conceit is that phsyicists discover the universe is a simulation. The idea is that the ...
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Is use of virtual reality to explore taboo activities a good idea? [closed]

Let us suppose that virtual reality affecting all senses in a way virtually indistinguishable from reality exists. Using this virtual reality, it would be possible for people with extreme, taboo ...
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In a post intergalactic WW3 where most of scociety has moved into a VR world to escape, what created the zombies that roam outside (Not nuclear war) [closed]

Basically, this is after a war between human civilizations on multiple planets in our galaxy. Most people have decided to live the rest of their lives in a fully immersive VR world and a very small ...
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Where does a virtual being's data move in the physical world whether in a supercomputer or in the internet?

The virtual world is nothing new in science fiction and has had quite a few uses considering it's a fairly recent concept. Since the virtual realm isn't constrained by understanding of physics, it ...
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Would this idea for "extreme" VR work?

Bob has just invented a fantastic device which, in a nutshell, can apply forces to the fluids in the inner ear. Immediately, he wondered what would happen if he paired this with a VR rig. If a person ...
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Physical properties of a "pocket realm"

Let's assume for a moment that we live within a simulation. Let's now assume that roughly 400k city (with inhabitants) and a couple of neighboring settlements gets removed from the simulation and then ...
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A civilization running simulations to select intellegences for space missions

My protagonist is a magician from Sword and Sorcery world with a soft magic system which wakes up in a spacecraft with a non intelligent voice interface which does exactly as told without any regard ...
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Breaking out of a simulated world

For example in one of Rick and Morty episodes, Rick breaks out of a simulation during a concert (overloads the alien CPU with computations). Assuming concert is not an option, how could a character ...
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Maximum privacy VR-Communication for the super-rich

Setting is the near future - we have perfected VR/AR and can provide low-latency communication via satellites in low earth orbit. My company wants to provide a virtual conferencing service with ...
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How could VR access affect the security of the underlying system?

How might access within a VR world affect security within the real world layer of the VR system? Would there be a reasonable way in which gaining access using VR would allow access that might bypass ...
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Simulated warship quarters?

This universe is 500 to 700 years in the future. Navy vessels are a kilometer long cylinder with rotating hab rings. The main cylinder is basically a railgun, reactors and a bunch a nuclear missiles. ...
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What would a world look like if everything was a billion times more massive? [closed]

All atoms are still the same size/mass - it's just that the Earth, people, grass, bugs, etc - everything is more massive by a billion times. So since the Earth would be a billion times more massive, ...
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Is it possible for someone living in a simulation to figure out they are in a simulation? [closed]

I have thought up a plan for a book where the characters are living in a simulation that has terrible OS. They somehow find out they are in a simulation and save the world™. The world is otherwise ...
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Why would an AI create a virtual reality world and insert itself into it? [closed]

A story I'm considering writing is centered around a computer running an AI, the most advanced version ever made. As part of its functioning it has created a virtual world and inserted a piece of its ...
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How can we limit or avoid addiction to virtual reality in a technologically advanced society?

Premise Please ladies and gentlemen, draw your eyes to our plight. Sometime in the future on Earth our society has not reached post-scarcity but has achieved: a reliable and inexpensive power source. ...
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Simulated Reality : How is our level of existence described? [closed]

If we are all living in a simulated reality with all of our sensory experiences being provided by a godlike computer, how would our version of reality be described? It is a few "days" before I'm ...
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Evaluating the Plausibility That We Are in A Simulation [closed]

In the near future, our understanding of the physical sciences has continued to press forward, but not radically in most veins, and discoveries have largely not upended current theories about the ...
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What's it like to be an uploaded human with limited computing power?

In most science fiction where humans are simulated or uploaded onto computers, the humans are simulated with perfect fidelity. But this seems unlikely-- humans are very expensive to run. In Robin ...
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Looking for a Solar System Simulator including the smaller celestial body, for macOS

I am researching for a sci-fi story that will happen in 2136. There will be a lot of traveling in the Inner Solar System and I need to know the relative distances between two objects. Also, I would ...
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How would a biological brain be updated with its digital memory?

In my story characters can go into perfectly simulated virtual worlds where their memories have been replicated down to the individual neurons and their protien structures. In these worlds time passes ...
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A new type of paradox? [closed]

Imagine we had this incredibly powerful computer that can simulate our universe, and that we somehow knew the initial conditions of the big bang (or the planet earth) down to the exact detail. Fast ...
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If slaying virtual monsters can increase one's magical power, why would many veterans rather ditch the simulation?

Set 100 years into the future, a mysterious meteor landed in the pacific ocean and since then reports of supernatural phenomenon exploded exponentially throughout the world. People waking up the next ...
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Why would a man transfer humans consciousness into a simulation with skeleton bodies [closed]

In the far future where a government is seemingly capable of traversing through universes, when people die, their consciousness stored in a simulation for ever, and they live happily there. Then a man ...
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Mind Uploading and Childbirth

In a world where every human mind has been uploaded, and no organic humans remain, can we still produce offspring? In a worldbuilding project I'm dabbling with, there are many people uploading their ...
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Why are people needed to create simulated experiences?

Let's say I have the ability to create a fully immersive VR experience a la The Matrix. The quality of this simulation is sufficient that a person "inside" cannot necessarily¹ tell the difference ...
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Overclocking VR

Set in the immediate future, social network evolves with the advancement of 10G network and a major breakthrough in medicine. Giant tech companies raced to develop state of the art VR technology which ...
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How to to experience fully immmersive VR? [closed]

I'm talking about full BCI, altered electrical feedback from brain to computer you'd need,technical issues.
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Is it possible to convert electric signals into brain waves?

In my world i want people to live in digital world (something like the matrix or sword art online), and I'm not sure if things I wanna achieve are even possible. I'm talking about a computer who's ...
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How to make fail-safe for full body virtual reality?

My VR machine isn't the plug-it-to-your-brain type, but instead it's more like a "reality sphere" around your body that have some kind of gravity machine to keep you in the center of the sphere and ...
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Would constructing an "semi-realistic/semi-super" mecha be plausible? [closed]

For two years, I've been interested(obsessed) with mecha, aka: giant robots, especially "super robots". Would it be possible for somebody to create a humanoid, but reasonably sized mecha that ...
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How can one infect/shutdown a Virtual Reality game using technology?

For a lack of better words, I’m looking for technical ways for a person to shutdown an entire VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) from afar. And by shutting down ...
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How to create Matrix-like simulation?

Movies like The Matrix and video games like The Evil Within have popularized the idea of a simulated reality. I'm talking about a human connected to a computer and able to experience similar things ...
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Looking for a layman's plasma simulator [closed]

Modelling plasma in a magnetic field is hard, it has to be or we would have fusion power already. Do you know of an application that could be used to simulate the rough / dumbed-down behaviour of a ...
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How could a government be implemented in a virtual reality? [closed]

In the not so far future a lot of people live inside virtual realities. But there are not only humans living in these virtual worlds but also machines (programs/AI/bots/etc...) on different levels of ...
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Where would I need my direct neural interface to be implanted?

In my story a new device has been developed which will replace clunky headsets and haptic suits. This new device is surgically implanted in the users’ bodies and allow them to interface directly with ...
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which problem can be solved by virtual world technology [closed]

can we use this technology to do scientific experiments(example : making The Large Hadron Collider, New medicines's reactions against virus and bacteria.) maybe you can make the argument that the ...
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In the age of people getting as many avatars and social profiles as they want, can we really define death? [closed]

When we get the chance to create social profiles, gaming avatars, alternative virtual and social personalities, is it possible to actually die someday?
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Devising the rationale for forced Mind Uploading?

I'm currently working on a story involving a refugee group of people escaping their society, which has made uploading a copy of their consciousness in to a virtual reality system obligatory. However, ...
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If reality were frame-rate based, how could we detect it?

Inspired by this question regarding reality as simulation and this question about a continuous time line, it made me wonder: if our time were indeed like a high frame-rate simulation, how could we ...
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Non-detrimental psychoactive drug

Drug abuse is becoming more and more serious in my (made-up) country. A researcher team is now working on a new drug called Biological VR which has the following properties: The drug is a ...
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