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In a world with very advanced computer science, how would people be taught sufficient programming skills?

Complexity is compartmentalized It used to be that one person could know everything and write a book about it, like Aristotle or St. Isidore. Even after the scientific revolution began, certain ...
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If reality were frame-rate based, how could we detect it?

Collision penetration by velocity. As a starting note, we cannot talk about a graphics fps, and only a physics fps. Graphics fps only exists to the outside observer, we can only experience our ...
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Creating a VR world

So, you want your NPC's (or at least some of them) to be fully fledged thinking individuals. But you want them to not decide they're in a simulation no matter how much the players try to convince them....
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What's it like to be an uploaded human with limited computing power?

Lag. The world seems really fast. and sometimes you.... .... because you are sharing the server with so ..... ....
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What's it like to be an uploaded human with limited computing power?

In point of fact, what you are positing is exactly what the human mind/brain does. The circulatory system, as efficient as it is, can only provide the brain with part of the total energy it needs. To ...
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If reality were frame-rate based, how could we detect it?

Actually, the world as described by the standard model of particle physics cannot account for time intervals lower than the Planck time, which is approximately $5.4\times 10^{-44}s$. But the current ...
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Where does a virtual being's data move in the physical world whether in a supercomputer or in the internet?

Speaking as a software developer ... I'll speak here in technically accurate terms. If I was writing a book about such things, I'd try to be technically accurate while also being entertaining. That ...
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Creating a VR world

I haven't seen Westworld, so can't comment on how they handle things unfortunately, but could you not take inspiration from our own simulation world? How would most people handle it if someone ...
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How can I penalize using accelerated time in Full Dive Virtual Reality?

Brains can simply not function that fast. To process that much information your brain requires rest (AlexP elaborates on this in their comment: to retain information, the short-term memory needs to be ...
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In a world with very advanced computer science, how would people be taught sufficient programming skills?

As a programmer maybe I can contribute something here. How do we do it today? Systems are already incredibly sophisticated and there are so many technologies and programming languages available to ...
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Creating a barrier between continents

Possibly a high, "unclimbable" mountain range? In RL, the Ural separates Europe from Asia. Constant weather conditions, such as lightning storms or a constant downburst, can prevent air travel. As a ...
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If slaying virtual monsters can increase one's magical power, why would many veterans rather ditch the simulation?

This is actually a trope in Asian (China, Korea) webnovels ;) both sudden appearance of magic and simulations in a magic/cultivation world. Combined below are my insights and ways actual novels solved ...
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Can time go faster in a Matrix than in reality?

In theory the simulation itself wouldn't be the problem, you can easily run something designed to play for an hour in 5 minutes, just like you can fast forward a movie. However the issue is that the ...
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In a world with very advanced virtual reality, how would one tell if they're "trapped" in a virtual world?

Humans have far more than five senses. There are at least 20 that we know of. If only sight, sound, smell, taste and touch are simulated there will be countless discrepancies that will be quickly ...
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In a world with very advanced computer science, how would people be taught sufficient programming skills?

As somebody who studies electrical engineering with a focus on hardware development i can tell you that in this specific field of computer architecture software and hardware development are closely ...
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If reality were frame-rate based, how could we detect it?

High spin rates would prevent certain orientations. For example, an object spinning at 100th the universal frame rate would never achieve an orientation in between 3.6degree steps. Spinning at half, ...
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Breaking out of a simulated world

You do things no reasonable simulation element would do. When developing anything, you might do something known as "testing". A very good way to test any software is to give it to a random ...
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How can I penalize using accelerated time in Full Dive Virtual Reality?

Brains produce degradation products while working. They use up sugar, they produce heat, they produce waste-products, that are transported away by cerebro spinal fluids at night. These byproducts are ...
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Creating a VR world

The operating system of the VR should be able to parse what people are saying. If it catches a player attempting to tell an NPC that the world is not real, the OS can apply immediate punishment. This ...
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Creating a barrier between continents

It can be a technological barrier, i.e. one doesn't cross an ocean until he has ships capable of doing it. Look at ships developed in Mediterranean region: as long as the only navigation was close ...
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Where would I need my direct neural interface to be implanted?

It would need to be implanted into the brain stem. The brain stem is the "device" that controls all of the messages between the brain and the rest of the body. It also controls basic functions like ...
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Creating a barrier between continents

As a way to disallow players to reach the non yet implemented there are several ways. You could look at current games out there. E.g. WoW had that same problem pretty often. First expansion added ...
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What's it like to be an uploaded human with limited computing power?

You're going to run into two problems trying to idle or compress brain systems. Evolution Has Already Favored a Lean System Our brains use heuristic shortcuts, as well as a task manager which itself ...
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In a world with very advanced computer science, how would people be taught sufficient programming skills?

At some point they wouldn't. Making better hardware is essentially an optimization problem, and it turns out computers are getting VERY good at that. Additionally, we are reaching the end of the line ...
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Artificial sky and sun for underground and remote colonies

Switch the projection to actual lamps, it would be more believable and require less power than your bounce-light on an aluminum ceiling. Stars can be point lights. The sun would be a bright lamp on a ...
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If reality were frame-rate based, how could we detect it?

Yes, possibly. Relativistic time dilation effect may help us to detect time quantization. If the universe is a simulation running at a uniform speed, then time dilation effects must be simulated ones....
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Is it possible for someone living in a simulation to figure out they are in a simulation?

Real cosmologists and physicists have recently started to pursue this question about our own universe. Are we in fact inside a simulation? The things they look for are the kinds of things you'd ...
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Virtual Reality and Physical Trauma

Bruises and scrapes are Hollywood magic. But there can be lasting effects. Basically, you have to define what the VR does to actually cause the virtual reality. Typically this is some neural ...
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How could a government be implemented in a virtual reality?

Lazy answer: don't do anything. If everyone can create bots, let them, and then no-one will have the upper hand. Less lazy answer: Processing power and storage space ain't free. In fact, depending ...
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If slaying virtual monsters can increase one's magical power, why would many veterans rather ditch the simulation?

It might not be free and painless. Depending on how your simulation works, there might still be drawbacks. For example, defeat could result in a net loss of magical power and/or morale. Also, ...
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