What If Humanity Was A Type I Civilization? | Unveiled

What If Humanity Was A Type I Civilization? | Unveiled


What If Humanity Was A Type I Civilization? The human race has certainly advanced and
developed across history, today employing sophisticated technology to propel us further
and further into the future. And yet, by some measures, we’re not actually
that advanced at all! This is Unveiled and today we’re answering
the extraordinary question; What if humanity was a Type I civilization? Are you a fiend for facts? Are you constantly curious? Then why not subscribe to Unveiled for more
clips like this one? And ring the bell for more fascinating content! It was the Soviet Astronomer Nikolai Kardashev
who devised the Kardashev Scale; a way to measure a civilization’s degree of advancement. The scale breaks down that advancement by
contemplating how much of the universe any given group can harness for energy – with
the technology at its disposal improving as the amount of energy increases. To become Type I, a civilization has to be
able to harvest all of the available resources and energy from its home planet – so, in our
case, from Earth. But the human race isn’t yet able to do
this, with the cosmologist Carl Sagan once placing us at around zero-point-seven on the
Kardashev Scale. Because we’ve never encountered any form
of extraterrestrial life, we don’t know whether any civilizations have ever reached
Type I either… but it at least gives us something to aim for! Logically, as we strive to make changes for
the better, we should continue to climb through the levels… with physicist Freeman Dyson
projecting that humanity could attain a Type I status in two centuries’ time; while Kardashev
himself estimated that we could reach Type II – harnessing the full energy of the solar
system – in just over 3,000 years. But we do still have a long way to go before
enjoying the full potential of just our planet. According to futurist Michio Kaku, right now
we only harness one million-billionth of our sun’s total energy output. To reach Type I we don’t need to capture
all of the sun’s power (save that for Type II), but we do need to make use of every bit
of solar energy that’s available to our planet – meaning a dramatic increase on that
measly million-billionth! A Type I civilization has no need for fossil
fuels, because they’re a limited and unsustainable resource. Instead, it’s all about making best use
of our world’s ongoing natural processes – the sunlight, the winds and the tides, for
example. Were we to reach Type I, then paying for our
energy should also become a thing of the past, as every human being would now have the facilities
and knowledge to generate energy harmoniously from the world around them. Energy would now exist more like oxygen; a
vital and life-giving constant. But energy use and access would only be one
way in which a Type I human race would be united and equal. Some interpreters of the Kardashev Scale envision
that we’d also have a universal language – or at least a means of communication – and
a universal currency. Today we have some languages much more widely
spoken than others, but it’s the internet which many see as our biggest stride forwards. It provides instant links across the global
population and even, with the so far arguably dubious advent of cryptocurrencies, seems
to be ushering in an alternative to traditional money – one that’s spendable everywhere. More impressively still, a Type I group is
also able to control the weather. Today, so much of what we can and can’t
do is dictated to us by whatever the skies have in store… but, ascend to Type I and
we’d be able to perfectly forecast the weather for weeks and months ahead; mostly because
we’d be setting it. With a perfect understanding of how our planet
functions, we’d have the technology to change and alter weather patterns in any location,
if they didn’t suit. Say a coastline needed sunshine to attract
tourists; we’d be able to disperse the clouds. But, if any region found itself threatened
with drought, we could seed those clouds so that the rains fell exactly where they were
needed. Clearly, advances like these would not only
improve our general levels of comfort, but could also save lives! The climate is one of our chief concerns today,
with fears that we could be in the midst of a “climate crisis” where global warming
gets out of hand. But, in a Type I world we’d have full control
over our destiny. We’d have enough knowledge and capability
to regulate the Earth’s atmosphere back to a carbon neutral – or even carbon negative
– state, where rising temperatures are reversed, and the greenhouse effect is limited to just
where we need it to be. We wouldn’t be concerned about things like
melting ice caps and rising sea levels, because they’d all be manageable through our own
environmentally friendly technologies. In this way, we could even avoid the occurrence
of entire ice ages in the future, if doing so was deemed to be a positive step for the
planet. It’d be more than just climate change and
weather patterns, though. We’d also have full control of the planet’s
other natural processes, including earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. Fundamentally, a Type I civilization should
be able to predict with pinpoint accuracy when events like these will happen, and also
ensure that they inflict minimum damage and place nobody in danger. But it should also be able to take the next
step, by actually using something like an earthquake, for example, for its own gain
– by capturing the power of tectonic movements and redistributing it for the benefit of its
people. If Earth were Type I, we could even be able
to safely escape a scheduled asteroid strike, barring human error. Humanity itself would never have been more
secure, being able to dodge most of what could once have destroyed life. We would still be vulnerable to natural disasters
from even further afield – like the supernova of a nearby star or an approaching black hole
– but as far as “local” disasters go, we’d have mastered them all! Finally, having adapted to everything it could
throw at us, as Type I we could also be capable of living on more of our planet than ever
before – perhaps even with entire cities safely built atop of oceans, at no detriment to the
natural world. And, seeing as we’d also be living more
efficiently, it’d not only be the space available to us that would increase… As our technologies, medicines and general
lifestyles all continue to improve, the average life expectancy of a human being should also
rise. Today, we can already see some instances where
humanity is working its way up the Kardashev Scale. For one, our planned missions to Mars and
our revived interest in revisiting the moon. If we can learn how to control and utilize
the atmospheric conditions of somewhere else in the solar system, then we could soon be
viewing our own planet from a new, more effective and “more Type I” perspective. We’re also already witnessing advances in
ocean living – with conceptual projects like the Shimizu Corporation’s “Ocean Spiral”
promising to one day build underwater settlements powered primarily by resources found in the
seabed! Michio Kaku has said that we are “the generations
that will determine whether we make the transition from Type 0 to Type I”… but he also warns
that we could “destroy ourselves because of our arrogance and weapons” before then. When it comes to making our first significant
move up the Kardashev Scale, we could now be at a crunch point in human history – on
the brink of possible catastrophe, yes… but also of harnessing the full energy potential
of planet Earth to accelerate our technology, better our knowledge and maximise our lives. And that’s what would happen if humanity
was a Type I civilization. What do you think? Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, check out these
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26 thoughts on “What If Humanity Was A Type I Civilization? | Unveiled

  1. Ah! The Kardashev Scale. If only more of humanity knew more about this concept, then maybe more people would take it as a challenge and try harder at propelling humanity into advancing towards higher tiers. We're too busy fighting over finite resources like oil, mostly because oil companies are obviously hesitant on going bankrupt.

  2. when mankind reaches a type one civilization and figure out ways to control the weather people will start using this technology negatively

  3. A universal currency? You can imagine a type one civilization for humanity's future, but fail to imagine a world without money.

  4. "Eventually humanity will have to outgrow its adolescent emphasis on growth and to focus on stability and security as its primary focus. This is what all the races in the Universe evolve to do. They go through their stages of growth, which usually leads to a kind of overreaching of their resources, sometimes even to destroy civilizations. But eventually they have to determine how they are going to be stable within their environment. This is a very great thing. This is what the evolution of civilization really means."
    Above quote is from the chapter Nature and Natural Disasters, which can read or listened to at newmessage(org)

  5. I learnt about Kardashev Civilization when i was in 10th standard…. Was obsessed by this topic back then topics like Dyson Sphere, megastructures etc etc

  6. The annunaki will never let us do this check out the tower of Babel anytime we cone together they divide us if we found out the truth there would be know where they could hide and know one would take them when the annunaki left the put a set of people by the name of rothshields back then now rothchilds in charge anyone can read and know this

  7. If satellites and orbital debris are viewed as a version of an early proto Dyson Sphere, we may be closer than you think. 😉

  8. But that’s thing tho, we can do this but humanity has fallen into the seven state deadly sins especially greed……..

  9. It bears mentioning that to become a type 2 civilization you need to BE ABLE to use all of your solar systems energy – not neccesarily actually be doing so.

  10. Peace and welfare is only a dream for the weak. Meanwhile, people in power dream is to own and rule the world for himself.

    Well, there are people who is happy to see the world burning in flames.

  11. Humanity will never reach type 1. The only way it would happen is under a single united world government and that will also never happen. The idea that all of humanity with its different cultures, ethnicities, religions, etc could put their life long beliefs aside and work together is laughable. Half of the world wants to kill the other.

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