We Don’t Have Much Longer to Become a Type 1 Civilization

Alex Beyman
Jun 17 · 15 min read
Gulf of Mexico, 2015, NASA, via Unsplash

For those not in the loop, the Kardashev Scale is a system of measurement invented by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev in 1964. It quantifies how advanced a civilization is according to how much energy they’re able to harness.

Type 1 civilizations have harnessed 100% of the accessible energy of their own planet. Type 2 has harnessed 100% of the accessible energy…