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Yes. It is of course possible, given a certain technological leap that is at present, beyond our knowledge. Namely, creating a discrete and localised energy field. You're basically asking a variant of the laser sword / light sabre question: how do I get an energy field that's three foot long and about two inches in diametre. You've handwaved that the tech ...


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No. When one swordsman parries another, the blades hit each other. As you describe it, your blade would have to "know" if it is hitting a target (damage is inflicted) or if it is being hit by a target (the target passes through). The magnets in the grip would either repel or attract the shards, not hold them it place relative to the blade. Especially the ...


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To turn Earth completely into paperclips, you basically have to gravitationally unbind it otherwise you just end up with an iron-cored planet again when gravity and smushes everything together and there's no realistic way that anything in the middle could clip paper. What self-respecting paperclip maximiser would tolerate that? To fully unbind the Earth ...


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Disclaimer: Speculative Assuming all available matter on earth were transmuted into mid-steel, earth would be slightly denser - Earth's average density is 5.5 g/cm^3, while mid-steel is 7.7 g/cm^3, but that does seem like a very unambitious paperclip maximizer. Among other things, past a certain mass of paperclips, the "core" of the paperclip planet would ...


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