Type 0/1/2/3 Civilizations by Dr Michio Kaku (Theoritical Physicist)

It seems Dr. Michio Kaku is a Theoretical Physicist. He has given a very interesting explanation on Type 0/1/2/3 Civilizations in this YouTube Video. Do see it. I have given a small teaser below from that video which will enable you to guess the direction of the discussion.

“When we physicists look in outer space for alien life, we don’t look for little green men. We look for Type-1/Type-2/Type-3 civilizations.

A Type-1 civilization has harnessed its planetary power. They control earthquakes, the weather, volcanoes, they have cities on the ocean, anything planetary – they control. That’s Type-1 civilization.

A Type-2 civilization is stellar. They have exhausted the power of the planet, and they get their energy directly from their mother star. They use the power of the sun itself to energize their huge machines.

Eventually they exhaust the power of a star and go galactic. They harness the power of  billions of stars within a galaxy (Thats a Type-3 civilization).

Now what are we on this scale? We are Type-0. We don’t even rate on this scale. We get our energy from not stars and galaxies, but from dead plants – Oil and coal. But we can calculate when we will attain Type-1 status – In about a hundred years!

We are seeing the beginnings of a Type-1 economy. Huge planetary trading blocks are the beginnings of a planetary economy (Referring to European Union, NAFTA, etc). And what is the Internet? The Internet is the beginning of a Type-1 telephone/communications system.

The mathematics says that there should be thousands of Type-1, 2 and 3 civilizations in the galaxy. But we see no evidence of it anywhere. And why is that? Because, the transition from Type-0 to Type-1 is the most dangerous of all transitions. We may not make it. Its a race against time.

On one hand, we have the forces of Integration – the forces of tolerance and multi-cultural fabric emerging before our eyes, on the other hand, we have weapons of mass destruction, germ warfare, nuclear warfare, rise of international terrorism – They are obstacles to reaching a Type-1 civilization”

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9 thoughts on “Type 0/1/2/3 Civilizations by Dr Michio Kaku (Theoritical Physicist)

  1. Very interesting! Going to watch the video.. but I doubt we will ever reach level 1. We are so destructive as a race, that we will end up destroying our planet's serene atmosphere and probably get extinct :)

    I am quite confident that we won't make it to Type-1 and chances are, that we will get destroyed in 2012 itself, a hundred years is just too much. All it would take for a large scale destruction is one nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists! But on the other hand, human civilization has always come together during the times of crisis. Some of the great men became great because they encountered the biggest crisis successfully. Who knows, we might (at least temporarily) amend ways when a big crisis does come our way and work towards reaching Type-1 civilization!

  2. Well, I feel more positive because human beings have a ruthless urge for survival. We might make it, although I am quite sure that some bad things will happen too, and some races may not survive. Overall though I feel more good will happen than bad. I don't know how humans will do it, and right now with the religious and political and ethnic divide things look bleak. The world needs to unite, but for that poverty and disease needs to be wiped out.

    The world will unite – if not for anything else, then at least for commerce.

  3. Hmmm we are type 2 then i guess slowly going towards type 3 :)

    and read ur comment 2012 u said .. you wat ching too many movies :) he hehe

    I have not yet watched 2012. Want to watch it actually :) The guy says that there is another movie by the name 2001 in which this concept of civilizations have been shown. I want to watch that too…

  4. u r scaring me..

    "There are only two possibilities : Either we are totally alone in this universe or we are not. Both are equally intimidating!" :)

    1. I didn’t know this (earlier) – I happened to see the video and got it from there… Physics would have been better had we not made to memorize all those derivations and big equations. Or alteast, if someone had taught us what those things actually meant.

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  5. This generation and their childeren and their childeren are the most important generation era in human history. if we can somehow unite and survive the next 100 years without major damage, than mankind will survive and reach the stars within a 1000 years. However if we start to make war with each other using nukes than the chance of make it to a type I,II civil.. will be very slim. so take note, the next hundred years will be the most important and evolutionary period in history…………

    my prediction says we’ll make it but it will cost us dearly

    1. As you said, the next hundred years are crucial. Things are going from bad to worse, right now. If the human race can sustain the next hundred years, we might at last have a truly global world.

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