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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

The short answer to your title question is "most likely not". I would recommend the book Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper, as a good dive into the question of how you might define sentience. ...
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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

Because evolution takes a long time, a non-sentient species will not create "advanced technology." The technology it uses will be standard by the time that evolution can incorporate it into ...
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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

Most of our argument about 'sentience' and 'intelligence' has anthropomorphic bias. We humans (assuming the first reply is not from an ant colony) see these things relative to ourselves, or rather as ...
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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

Ants Well, to start, for what it’s worth, this question does seem a bit open-ended. You’re basically asking “what is the ideal society”, which humans have been arguing about pretty much since the ...
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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

If the members of the fictional species are not even self-aware, let alone sapient, what exactly is it that drives them to seek new truths and to discover and invent new machines and processes? Ovid, ...
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Efficient method of storing energy in a near-future, semi-hard sci-fi game

An island-of-stability element is likely to have extremely high mass density, so just make the stuff so heavy and hard that it makes the general idea behind those ridiculous concrete-block-crane grid-...
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How might a civilization that comes after us be aided by the fact someone has been here and done it before?

Assuming this civilization has something similar in pattern recognition and language to humans they could likely learn plenty from any books that survive. Books are relatively delicate in that they ...
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Why might physical media remain in use in a highly networked society?

Law Enforcement Needs (Wants) Hacker Grade Products There is a wide range of hardware out there that is specifically designed for footprinting and hacking. One product in particular that comes to ...
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Efficient method of storing energy in a near-future, semi-hard sci-fi game

Perhaps Pretorium has a stable nuclear isomer that can store a lot of energy for a long time, and is easy to trigger to release that energy, making it ideal to be used to make a nuclear battery If ...
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Why might physical media remain in use in a highly networked society?

“Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon loaded with floppy disks racing down the highway.” — networking adage Portable media (probably a better term than physical media, which gets ...
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Efficient method of storing energy in a near-future, semi-hard sci-fi game

Don’t store energy. Transmit it. Your petorium could provide a perfect receiver for laser-transmitted EM signals, so as long as your satellite/tower network is nearby, devices can operate. I think ...
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Efficient method of storing energy in a near-future, semi-hard sci-fi game

Frame-challenge. This is a science-fiction answer to a science-based question. I wrote it that way because the constraints of the elements on the projected island of stability as science knows them ...
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Efficient method of storing energy in a near-future, semi-hard sci-fi game

So if the element was discovered in the future and it is on the island of stability, this element must have an atomic number above 119 and is a theoretical element. As stated the pretorium has a half-...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

They just didn't invent them There's a tendency to believe that technological development is a single path or continuum that we proceed along, and that for every civilisation, that the measure of how ...
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How can half tracks be kept in development by major militaries after 1945?

What would need to change to make Half Tracks last longer after 1945? Ideally into the 1950s or early 60s. They'd have to forget lessons learned going back to before the war, before the First World ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

You mention carbon, silicon, phosphorus being common on their world, but one thing you didn't mention was any metal. If they were on a planetmoon with very little access to metal of any kind, it's ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

Not sure if it would fit your story, but someone already mentioned culture in general, I'd be more specific: religion. Since they are highly intelligent they foresee that developing the tech further ...
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How can half tracks be kept in development by major militaries after 1945?

"What would need to change": A massive pandemic of contagious stupidity spreading by means of written words and infecting vehicle designers, said pandemic allowed to go undetected for one or ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

they’ve mastered the ability to create and control warp drives that allow near-instantaneous travel to arbitrarily-distant locations, with some caveats. Warp drives don’t work near gravity wells, and ...
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How can half tracks be kept in development by major militaries after 1945?

Low level militia wars and bad terrain Half tracks are an example of convergent evolution. The Americans made them because the performance of their trucks sucked off road. The Germans made them ...
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How can half tracks be kept in development by major militaries after 1945?

In a nutshell, halftracks are slightly easier to make than fully tracked vehicless, slightly more complicated to make than wheeled vehicles, and they are less off-road-capable than full tracks, but ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society? Maybe they want the "good old days" that they read about when life was supposedly simpler. Maybe it goes further than avoiding ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

They over-relied on a superior technology that then failed An example might be: Lazy alien software engineers replaced themselves with AI. For a few generations it was a success, long enough for the ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

Any technology (except a few of the foundational ones) have the potential to be just be "The Path Not Taken". This happens in real life, there is a medical technology you've probably heard ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

They have powerful computers in their home world. But only in the home world. The warp machinery is a very energy intensive thing, and distorting space ahead and behind the ship involves pushing a lot ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

Why would someone have the capacity but not the desire? Culture. As a species of hyper-intelligent stone lizards, your race values personal accomplishment above all else. While they'll build tools to ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

looking at: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/673365 Very strong magnetic field can make discovery of transistor hard or even not possible. Influence of magnetic field can make transistors ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

Similarily to abestrange or building on top of that answer: Creating silicon based computers would be akin to creating artificial, dumb, enslaved life it's not hard to see how the creation of a slave-...
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How can half tracks be kept in development by major militaries after 1945?

I suspect the answer is more "arrange for WW2 to not happen" than "fiddle with postwar tech". The war drove massive development of tracked vehicles, including making their ...
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Data storage on marble statue

If it is marble with lines, which seem to be almost random to the casual viewer, then you might adjust the edges of the lines microscopically with a laser. Compare the original marble lines with their ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

They don't make computers because they ARE computers. We had a lot of pressure to make very fast adding machines because our meat brains can't number good. They never had any pressure to make non-...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

The high radiation environment requires multiple redundancies and constant repair of circuits. Basic computing devices are possible, but require large components, multiple CPUS whos results are ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

They are in a simulation, that does prevent recursion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recursion by filtering it out of the thought process. All pathways that lead to the sims developing a simulation of ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

Take a page from Dune. Your race had advanced computers, but that was long in the past. At some point, some sort of disaster with little bearing on the story (Skynet/GlaDOS, warp demons possessing ...
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Why aren’t there advanced computers in an advanced society?

Your silicon based life forms are natural logic processors For reasons that would be whomping hard to rationalize using evolution, your silicon-based life forms have developed minds that are natural ...
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How might a civilization that comes after us be aided by the fact someone has been here and done it before?

How soon until milestones such as the wheel, forging iron tools, the steam engine, the combustion engine, powered flight, splitting the atom, space travel? They will be unable to reach most of these ...
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