As Defined by Russian Astrophysicist Nicolai Kardashev in 1964:
A method for measuring a civilizations level of technological advancement, primarily focusing on the amount of energy the civilization is able to utilize.
Type I - The ability to harness all energy on a planetary scale. Storing and using all energy output from the Sun that comes in contact with the Earth. Also, potentially harnessing the natural energy's of the planet itself (volcanic activity, weather systems, earthquakes etc). Type II - An interstellar civilization, capable of harnessing all energy output of its host star. Not simply collecting and using the energy of the star but controlling the star, potentially influencing the orbits of planets within the star system. This stage of a civilization would likely use something akin to a #DysonSphere that encompasses an entire star.
Type III - This civilization could harness the energy output of an entire galaxy. Populating innumerable worlds. Using planets as building blocks, merging solar systems and absorbing super novae.
It is approximated that humanity currently stands at around Type 0.7 on the Kardashev Scale. Although we have made significant technological progress in the last few centuries; we have a long way to go before we become a type 1 civilization (approximated 50-150yrs). We must first deal with the Environmental, cultural, political and economic challenges that come with making these changes within our global society. Surely we are not the first to try; but, the implications of controlling such power are that few civilizations are likely to pass the test, and rather, they destroy themselves and their environments before reaching this period of prosperity.
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