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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can a person ensure that he/she is in a real world?

In my story, there is a VR world. A victim is chosen to be put into that world, and his/her job is to decide whether he/she is actually in the real world. The VR world is implemented is a way such ...
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Can you use VR on comatose patients to let them dream?

I have this sci-fi story concept where patients in a comatose state can have their brains stimulated with VR. For instance, the VR can be a dream "game" that helps the patient process trauma. I can ...
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Is full VR immersion plausible?

First, let me define what I mean by "full VR immersion". A helmet or headwear that covers or plugs into the brain, allowing them to control a virtual self or physical thing (such as a robot) as well ...
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How to prevent players form breaking the rules of the game? [closed]

There is an online virtual simulation that simulates an entire virtual universe for players to explore. It has over 29 billion human and non-human players on it, and employees of the company that ...
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Creating a barrier between continents

I want to create a barrier between two continents in order to use the second continent as an expansion that will be later added on to the game. The world has magic and medieval technology with certain ...
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Creating a VR world

I am currently planning to create a world for a Pathfinder adventure where my players will be characters playing a VR game with sentient AI that thinks their world is real. I want to ask: what kind ...
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Virtual Reality and Physical Trauma

How realistic is the trope that wounds received in a virtual reality (VR) transfer to our own? Examples: In the Matrix (movie) and Neuromancer (novel), cuts, scrapes, and bruises seemingly jump from ...
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What could cause an intrinsic fear of virtual world technology in a futuristic society? [closed]

Imagine a technologically advanced human society (about a few centuries ahead of our time) which has scientifically moved forward in many fields . There is one specific technology however, whose ...
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In a world with very advanced virtual reality, how would one tell if they're "trapped" in a virtual world? [duplicate]

In this world, virtual reality has been perfected to the point were senses can be tricked and reality can be mimicked almost perfectly. Central powers can use this technology for terrifyingly ...
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In a world with very advanced computer science, how would people be taught sufficient programming skills?

In this world, a few hundred years have gone by since the invention of the first computer and the field of CS has been developed to the point were people are hardly aware hardware exists. Most people ...
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Can you 'move' a person from his brain elsewhere? [closed]

Bob and Joe are friends. Joe decides to move his life to a virtual reality, and invents a device that copies his brain to a [very advanced] computer (killing his biological body and brain in the ...
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In a VR-MMORPG, how might the game's publishers be able to maintain life-like NPCs?

Taking something like the anime Log Horizon as an example, where NPCs (non-player characters) are essentially humans, but in a game (let's wave our hands and say that the tech is available for making ...
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What's a good sci-fi word or phrase to name a generic copy of the SQUID? [closed]

I'm very interested in the SQUID from the sci fi movie Strange Days. For those who don't know, the SQUID is a headset thing that allows the wearer to record what was happening to him/her directly from ...
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Would VR sex work? [closed]

I just don't know if it's feasible. Say there is a girl I like that would never look twice at me. Then let's say with advanced virtual reality technology, I am able to recreate a simulation of her. ...
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Could time flow differently​ in full-immersion virtual realities? [closed]

In a society where full-immersion virtual reality is common, how much more of a hurdle would it be to trick the mind into accepting a different passage of time? For example; you enter a virtual ...
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Should we give sentient NPCS human rights? [closed]

I am a game master in the most advanced virtual reality MMORPG. In this virtual lands NPCs are sentient beings: they reproduce, feel emotions and behave identical to humans. That's great, isn't it? Oh,...
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How do i regulate fake avatars in my VR-MMORPG? [closed]

I am the developer of Feudal souls, a fantasy open world VR-game with 2 million of players. My game is very big. Players constructed small towns in the first year and killed only 1 boss. Now is the ...
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How long would it take for someone to forget the most important things in their life? [closed]

Professor Y is trapped in a virtual reality. The VR is running on accelerated time to the point where he can live out millions of lifetimes in a real-life day, basically giving him immortality within ...
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How can citizens prevent brainwashing?

I need to identify a way citizens can prevent brainwashing, or acertain a level of clarity about reality when propaganda is abundant. What systems exist that would allow for a sincere search for ...