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What would be the most extreme form of a surveillance state? And what would living/working in it look like?
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The most horrible would be a society where people actually believed they were free and did not realize in what ways the communication technology and surveillance was used to toy with their emotions to ...

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How can a group of immortals hide in a modern society with extensive record-keeping?
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Having lived so long they should have been able to invest and save so much money they are in practice ruling everything, incl owning / having enough influence in the companies which do the record-...

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Which jobs could western geniuses, who lived between 1643-1900, have in the modern age related to their talents?
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If they due to cultural discrepancy would fail modern schooling (college and above), which seems kind of probable - at least it would be more comedic if they did. My favourite would be something like: ...

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Under what circumstances would a nuclear war render Earth's oceans uninhabitable?
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Does not seem probable https://www.quora.com/Does-water-block-radiation There is a reason water is used in nuclear reactors except for cooling. It blocks radiation exceptionally well. So actually, it ...

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What historical events would have to change in order to make 19th century "steampunk" technology possible?
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If combustion engine never happened, oil would mostly be worthless black sludge and personal automobiles would never have become every mans accessory equally fast if at all. But if electricity still ...

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Would gas giants work as waste disposal sites?
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No. It is far too expensive to reach escape velocity for really useful stuff already. Have any idea of how much it costs to send 1 kg of very sophisticated electronics out of earth's gravity grip? ...

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Why would a country persecute people with autism?
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Because some of them see through established propaganda and group think and can therefore become very politically dangerous if they manage to make people realize they have been fooled. That would be ...

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How would aliens test humans for empathy?
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How are we so sure the aliens even comprehend empathy? Would the aliens even have a sense of "self"? They could be insectoid .. spider, ant or bee-like megamonsters who only have some kind of hive-...

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If everyone in the world disappeared except 35 random people, how long would it take for one of them to realize they're not alone?
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Since all kinds of modern transportation and communication and food production will break down without people operating and the world is as large as it is, they would most probably die before they ...

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What is a good excuse for why an early 1900's-like fantasy world has not yet invented rifles / guns of any sort?
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Inventions are driven by need. Gunpowder weapons were developed as a mean to be more powerful than previous weapons. But if powerful magic already exists, maybe the need for powerful weapons serving ...

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How to monetize uploaded consciousness?
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Say I want to rent the mind of a really good programmer but he is really annoyingly often thinking of german drinking songs or advertisements with cute animals instead of giving me input of my ...

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In a world where everything you do is recorded, should there be judgments?
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It depends on what the main goal of criminal justice is considered to be in this society. Is it justice / revenge rehabilitation (making the guilty able to function and contribute) protecting ...

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Any benefits or problems on using a national I.D chip implant rather than an I.D card in a high tech society?
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Any identity-altering related crime we have today would need to creep into medicine. In other words it would probably create a (black?) market for identity-altering surgery replacing the official ID ...

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How can magic wielding street-kids make money in a medieval city without stealing
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They could try to group up and use their magic to get an information advantage over the authorities. If the magic works to gather information and also to do illusion/charming magic to convince any ...

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Is it possible for one star to orbit another?
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Yes even the star system that is closest to the solar system: Alpha Centauri contains tree stars of which two (alpha and beta centauri) revolve around each other and according to Wikipedia 2012 and ...

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Could solar power be utilized and substitute coal in the 19th century?
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You already have some good ideas of things they could have used. Optics with big lens or mirror to boil water and connect steam engine to electric generator for example. Modern solar power In terms ...

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If soul reincarnation is real, then with an increasing population, why doesn't the world run out of souls?
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During times when population is small, maybe there is a big buffer of souls. Like a queue. You have to wait for your turn to re-spawn. Time to wait in queue becomes shorter during periods when many ...

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A land where money is negative
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Yes this could totally work. But money in that society would be much more like debt in our society. Kindness would be helping someone to remove their debt. Add some religion preaching kindness of ...

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Are nuclear-propelled shotgun slugs viable?
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The heat radiation would likely be much more efficient than the slugs. In space there is no atmosphere so none of the blast energy gets lost to creating a shockwave. Instead you will have close to ...

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What would drive people to risk death in the deep?
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Could be an effort to battle terror from the deep. In short: Aliens have come to earth, and they are hiding out building bases on the ocean beds, sometimes striking out attacking human cities, ...

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If my world is flat (obviously not possible) how would I explain the edges?
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Huge mountains that no one can pass. Deserts too dangerous for any life to survive. Oceans with dangerous whirlstreams. Glaciers so cold that nothing can live. Maybe a few well selected spots in ...

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How would a medieval city get cold drinks?
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Water is heaviest at 4 degrees plus celcius which is the temperature a bit down in wells or other outdoor water things. Should be cold enough to cool any water based drink.

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Possible cause of a world without flying animals
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If you consider removing atmosphere to still be sufficiently earth-like, then wings would not have anything to grab onto, propellers would not work either as they work by grabbing hold of air to ...

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Suddenly, everyone in a world can know the thoughts of everyone else. What happens?
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We become depressed as we realize socialisation becomes utterly meaningless if any behaviour masking your thoughs is futile. We isolate ourselves as being social is worthless if everyone already can ...

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What would a battle between supercomputers be like with the battleground being the internet?
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As lots of security impairing these days is due to social factors... One supercomputer could make AI-efforts to lure / mind-trick / psych key people in the vicinity of the enemy supercomputers to ...

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What if criminal behavior was "cured"?
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First what are even considered to be crimes varies largely with society. Some societies have been quite brutish and barbaric because at the time strength was necessary for survival (wrestling with ...

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Would it be more or less disastrous if a zombie is curable?
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Yes of course it could be more disastrous. People could start fighting amongst themselves about whether to spend the little energy, food and resources they have to try and save zombies or to kill them....

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