Nov 8, 2016

Kardashev Scale: This Is What Life Will Look Like When We Harness the Energy of the Entire Universe

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In Brief:

  • A Type IV civilization is a society that has managed to harness the energy of the entire universe.
  • To get here, we would need to tap into energy sources unknown to us using strange laws of physics (laws that may or may not exist).

To measure the level of a civilization’s advancement, the Kardashev scale focuses on the amount of energy that a civilization is able to harness. Obviously, the amount of power available to a civilization is linked to how widespread the civilization is (you can’t harness the power of a star if you are confined to your home planet, and you certainly can’t harness the power of a galaxy if you can’t even get out of your solar system).

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