Kardashian Scale

Humanity is so far behind the 8 ball. Humanity isn’t even a number one Kardashian scale.

The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement based on the amount of energy it is able to use. The measure was proposed by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev in 1964.

The scale has three designated categories. This is the first 3 of 6 parts of the Kardashev scale.

A Type I civilization, also called a planetary civilization, can use and store all of the energy available on its planet.

A Type II civilization, also called a stellar civilization, can use and control energy at the scale of its planetary system.

A Type III civilization, also called a galactic civilization, can control energy at the scale of its entire host galaxy.

At the current time, humanity has not yet reached Type I civilization status. Physicist and futurist Michio Kaku suggested that, if humans increase their energy consumption at an average rate of 3 percent each year, they may attain Type I status in 100–200 years, Type II status in a few thousand years, and Type III status in 100,000 to a million years.

The Kardashev Scale has become a standardized way of classifying (hypothetical) advanced civilizations. The lowest rank, Type 1, is still way ahead of us but by how much? When will we achieve Type 1 status and exactly how could we plausibly do so? In this video, we go through some estimates of when humanity might become Type 1, and in particular what kind of energy sources we could harness to achieve this feat.
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