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How are sapient crows utilized if there are phones for communicating?

Haven't you seen the LoTR? What uses has Saruman for the flock of crows? They are used to spy and refer to their Lord. You can do the same. A smartphone, no matter which generation it is, still ...
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Why would a highly advanced society still engage in extensive agriculture?

The Bucolic Ideal -- AKA they like it. Your aliens have advanced technology. They COULD do vertical farming and lab grown meat. They COULD live in busy big cities surrounded by loud, smelly strangers....
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Is a society where children are entirely raised by boarding schools sustainable?

Disastrous social outcomes "Children are entirely taken care of by either the government or private institutions." This sentence alone flags how fraught this idea is. When governments are ...
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How are sapient crows utilized if there are phones for communicating?

Crows can do many things that phones can't. For instance, they can deliver many things besides messages. Small things, to be sure, but quite possibly of magic significance. They can wriggle into ...
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Why would a highly advanced society still engage in extensive agriculture?

Vertical farming isn't very efficient. You need artificial lighting, a lot of technology to maintain the massive stacks, a lot of genetic engineering to keep your plants actually growing if they're ...
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Is a society where children are entirely raised by boarding schools sustainable?

Here is the most benign example I can find: the kibbutz communities 1935-1980. Collective education started on the day of birth and went on until adulthood. At the time it was considered a natural ...
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What would aliens glean from our consumer grade computers?

Our tech level, +/- 100 years, from a CPU alone A relatively decent proxy for technological advancement is the smallest piece of matter you can simply and precisely manipulate. It requires all kinds ...
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How can an octopus paint underwater?

Frame Challenge - Not because there's anything wrong with the question, but I think there's an interesting answer The Octupi specifically don't do permanent Art as it conflicts with their culture, ...
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What are the practical reasons for a species of humanoids to all wear sexy, revealing clothing?

Hot Climate Your ant people live in a hot place and the most practical clothing is minimal clothing or no clothing at all. On top of this, their eusocial biology relies on pheremones being produced ...
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What would aliens glean from our consumer grade computers?

humans have tentacles or fingers that can interact with the peripherals. there is at least one symbolic language on the planet assuming they can launch music or video, what wavelengths of sound and ...
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How are sapient crows utilized if there are phones for communicating?

Messages sent via phones and internet are sent via multiple parties: the local providers at the end, and one or more backbone providers. Each of them can be compromised, either because they are hacked,...
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What materials and building techniques would a Late Medieval-Renaissance city use next to an ocean?

Whatever is local. Shipping (literaly, use ships for transport) is wildly expensive in medieval times so only the rich merchants will be able to use exotic materials. And use "exotic" in a ...
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Could a species be highly apathetic to their brethren yet have a strong pack/herd mentality?

Maybe they are like ants, but bigger, more independent and more intelligent. Still, like ants. What looks like apathy on the surface is potentially an adaptation to environment that is incredibly ...
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Could a species be highly apathetic to their brethren yet have a strong pack/herd mentality?

One of the weaker herd animals would fit your scenario if it gained intelligence. They're geared towards being apathetic in terms of one being killed by a predator they won't try and retaliate or ...
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Extrapolating a culture from its use of armored fighting vehicles?

Very little actually The first images come back from the surface, and they show a group of metal vehicles with what appears to be some sort of gun or cannon barrel on them. Without knowing more ...
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How are sapient crows utilized if there are phones for communicating?

Feathernet You've probably encountered the terminologies of "email" or "snailmail" when it comes to short text-based messages. However, there is also an informal/jocular ...
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What are the practical reasons for a species of humanoids to all wear sexy, revealing clothing?

Why does naked = sexy if you're an alien bee? You're presupposing that something humans find sexy (exposed skin and reproductive organs) is also sexy to your alien race. It would quite likely just.. ...
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What would aliens glean from our consumer grade computers?

They would be able to sequence the genome of humans, some species we eat, and some micro-organisms we are hosts to, from hair, skin flakes, and crumbs in the keyboard
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Is a society where children are entirely raised by boarding schools sustainable?

We already have this with orphanages. Unfortunately orphans have a much higher rate of being dysfunctional adults than normal people. They're also sometimes abused or uncared for properly as the ...
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Why would a highly advanced society still engage in extensive agriculture?

Farms can be too small and too big smaller farms are less resource efficient, larger farms fall prey to wealth concentration and higher environmental impact. both should be balanced. local produce has ...
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Why would a highly advanced society still engage in extensive agriculture?

1. Horizontal farming and grazing cattle are cheap. There's a school of thought that increasing technology leads to decreasing cost. That's true! But it's a generalization that leads to error. An ...
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What would aliens glean from our consumer grade computers?

Intro: Cyberdyne Systems Scenario I believe that just as Cyberdyne Systems from the 'Terminator' series was able to reverse-engineer the future's advanced AI technology from a single Terminator CPU, ...
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What are the parenting options available to species that reproduce by fragmentation?

Family The parent itself can't raise their children, but their family can. So one possible solution would be that "siblings" (formed from the same parent) care for each others children. Only ...
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How are sapient crows utilized if there are phones for communicating?

Normal people might not search for the truth... but governments do Governments have a nasty habit of not liking ignorance about the people within their borders. Oh, they may ignore those people ...
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Why would a highly advanced society still engage in extensive agriculture?

Cities are expensive both in energy and economically. They exist because of excess population and because the surrounding agricultural population is supporting the city. What cities provide to ...
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Is a society where children are entirely raised by boarding schools sustainable?

Not with today's concept of boarding school. Boarding schools are not meant to 'parent' children. It's assumed that the child has a certain maturity level that allows them to thrive without their ...
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How does constant darkness effect a culture's clothing?

From an anthropologist p.o.v. of this world, clothes originated to provide warmth, protection from animals (which include whatever creatures live in this world), and for cultural purposes. Warmth and ...
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Cultural identity in an Multi-cultural empire

So, this is very much a real-world problem, especially in the West. How I Believe it can be solved. Every group has to have something in common, that they all voluntarily believe in. It could be: ...
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Why would a highly advanced society still engage in extensive agriculture?

AI took all other jobs There isn't anything else left to do for humans. AI's do all the software development, accounting, policing, lawmaking, building... You name it. Even porn is now all virtual ...
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Could earth like planet support a second moon, if it was approximately 1/4 of real moon size?

If the orbits are well separated and/or resonant, there's no reason a second, smaller moon couldn't orbit Earth stably. This is aided by the fact that our Moon is much further from Earth than is the ...
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