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In a cemetery, what evidence could be found that humans were intelligent and had technology?

Medical Devices, Medical Evidence Some of the skeletons will show obvious signs of recovery from normally fatal illnesses, obvious signs of advanced surgery like titanium pins in healed broken bones, ...
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Humans are gone - what can I harvest from their cities 30M years later?

Nothing. 30 million years ago Antarctica developed its ice cap. The Alps STARTED to rise in Europe. The place now known as South America detached from Antarctica and started drifting toward North ...
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Any motivation for racism still existing in a transhumanist future?

Yes, sadly but for a good reason Racism is a sub-type of in-group bias, where a person will favor someone mentally labeled as "in my group" over someone "out of my group". Other ...
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In an era of instantaneous travel, would more mundane methods still be used?

teleportation (magical or technological, it matters not) is perfected I think the devil is in the details here. You have enormous scope for making it as convenient/inconvenient, socially loved/...
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Humans are gone - what can I harvest from their cities 30M years later?

The current answers are assuming you mean from 2018 human cities. Since it will probably take some time for our ultimate demise, some technological advances could take place that would allow a ...
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Signs of wealth in a world where private planet ownership is common

The same things that make houses expensive today First of all, while the wealthy generally live in bigger houses, the price does not scale linearly with square meters of living space. A five million ...
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Warrior caste in an utopian society: what would keep them peaceful for centuries?

High levels of automation you say? Sounds like you want some metal-on-metal action. The natural evolution of video gaming, virtual reality and sporting events, MetalBowl began as American Football, ...
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Is it possible to maintain a gun functioning after thousands of years?

I'm going to address the components of your question in reverse order. There is a way to craft new shells, without a big apparatus, like in your own home? Absolutely. You don't even really need ...
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What would Earth's Land look like in the year 3000? would there be any significant changes at all in 1000 years?

A millennium is a blink of an eye on a geological scale. But interesting things can happen in a blink of an eye. Even disegarding the changes which may happen as a result of the present climatological ...
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Why would Patent Terms be extended to centuries?

Time will do it. There is continuous pressure from long lived corporations to extend the length of patents. The more power corporations have in your universe, the longer patents will end up. There ...
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Humans are gone - what can I harvest from their cities 30M years later?

Nuclear waste. Over 90 % of naturally occurring uranium is U238, but U235 is used in nuclear reactors because this is the isotope that is fissile. Future earthlings would find large unexplainable ...
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How can a dictatorship government be beneficial to a dictator in a post-scarcity society?

I for one welcome our new robot overlords Who said the dictator had to be human? The robots could be programmed to serve and protect humans and the best way to do that is rule them with a literal ...
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In a cemetery, what evidence could be found that humans were intelligent and had technology?

What does one normally find in a cemetery? Headstones. Headstones have designs and markings, and chances are, they're going to be at least partially preserved. Coffins. Coffins are less than 7000 ...
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How would an astronaut conclude he's on Earth, but 600 million years in the future?

Even with Moon and Mercury out, the rest of Solar system should still be recognizable. Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the rest should still be on their orbits, though those orbits may shift a little....
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In the year 2999, there are pills instead of food. What do commercials look like?

These pills (containing a rich source of magic handwavium) are pretty much identical. Let's look for products which are sold by different companies, but the products themselves are more or less the ...
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What happens when the date becomes too long?

Fantasy and real world dates rarely pass 10.000 because cultures don't tend to survive that long. Date systems generally start with a significant event as 0: rise of a king, birth of a prophet, ...
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In the future, around year 2500, will only one language exist on earth?

Magic 8-Ball says: Unclear, ask again. Now seriously: Languages die out if they don't manage to gain additional speakers at a rate as least as big as people that speak it die. A language gains ...
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Signs of wealth in a world where private planet ownership is common

The ultimate sign of wealth is being able to command other humans' services. Most people are only served by robots. The really wealthy will have human butlers, secretaries, cooks, tutors for their ...
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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

You would need some sort of mechanism to stem greed. People taking more than their share. In the situation you are talking about, all energy would likely come from the sun; or indirectly from the sun ...
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What are plausible faster than light methods for a far advanced civilization that aren't a warp drive

Let's set the technobabble aside You can name your drive/engine/motor/causal-difference-generator anything you want. It's important (don't ignore it), because what you're really going to do is choose ...
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How can a dictatorship government be beneficial to a dictator in a post-scarcity society?

When everything desirable is available to all, the only commodity that continues to have value is the obedience of others. The dictator benefits from the deference of his subjects in a world where no ...
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Why would humans want "mindless" human clones and even be legal?

The mindless clones are used as "friends with benefits" by their owners, and for those kind of benefits no android or robot can compete with the real thing. Of course this is not something ...
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If you lived 5,000 years, would you notice the continents moving?

Over 5,000 years, there is hardly a place anywhere on earth that a before and after picture would not show considerable, very noticeable differences. In fact, 500 years would be sufficient for visible ...
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Why would Patent Terms be extended to centuries?

Lobbying, plain and simple. Copyright used to be much shorter than it is today. Every time the first Mickey Mouse cartoons are about to fall out of copyright, legislators influenced by Disney change ...
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Why would humans want "mindless" human clones and even be legal?

Well OF COURSE you want your Spare Parts storage clones to be mindless. We all want to live forever, or a good imitation thereof. So it is a very good idea to have a spare body hanging around, one ...
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How to share knowledge to a future human civilization who doesn't know our languages?

A Visual Dictionary A visual dictionary would be fantastic to find. Under nearly every word describing a real-world object a picture would be found, along with a written description. The written ...
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How would a sci-fi matter replicator create a pressurised aerosol can?

Replicator: It's a two-step process, of course! First the container is made, then the pressurized contents are beamed in. It's right there on page 17b of the replicator manual! Transporter: The ...
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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

Here's a fairly simple illustrative example of why using numbers to express a uniform measure of value (money) is just so amazingly useful that we're not going to give it up.... Imagine you're going ...
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Warrior caste in an utopian society: what would keep them peaceful for centuries?

Like the question you mentioned, the best place to look for examples of what this would look like is Asia. The approach they have historically taken has lead to many martial arts which strive towards ...
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