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The Advaпced Civilizatiσп Iп The Uпiverse

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Some of the greatest minds to ever exist have helped push modern civilization forward and achieve goals that were once thought to be impossible. In just the past 150 years, we have gone from being stuck to the Earth’s soil to landing on our closest cosmic neighbor, the Moon. Humanity’s success is nothing short of spectacular, but on the universal scale, we may be rather insignificant. What would happen if we met an advanced alien species with technology more advanced than we could ever imagine?

In 1964, a Soviet astronomer by the name of Nikolai Kardashev introduced a hypothetical scale that could be used to measure a potential civilization’s level of technological advancement based on the amount of energy this civilization can produce. It is known today as “The Kardashev Scale.” The scale has 3 traditional types, but many extensions

and modifications to the scale have been proposed since its creation. The scale is logarithmic, meaning as we go on, the amount of power of the civilization gets much, much more substantial. In 1964, Kardashev defined the three base levels of civilizations, based on the power available to them.

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Type I, the smallest of the original types, is also called a planetary civilization. This is most similar to our good old ol’ friend, Earth. Type I civilizations are capable of storing and using all of the energy which reaches its planet from its host star which, in our case, is the sun. Even as a civilization with 7 billion humans on our planet, 12 of which ventured to the moon, with spacecraft sent billions of miles into the abyss of interstellar space and plans to colonize Mars in the near future, we still only score a measly 0.72 on the Kardashev scale. According to Carl Sagan, “humanity is going through a phase of technical adolescence, typical of a civilization about to integrate the type I Kardashev scale.” Michio Kaku, another brilliant theoretical physicist, suggests that humans may attain Type I status in the next

100 to 200 years, Type II status in perhaps the next few thousand years, and Type III status in 100,000 to 1 million years. This really goes to show the truly immense timescales it would take to advance to the next type of civilization.

However, we are heading towards becoming a Type I civilization in the next couple hundred of years or so, and this is a huge step for humanity. As a Type I civilization, we would have complete control over our own planet. Perhaps we could influence the weather, change the geological makeup of our own planet, and much, much, more. But even this amount of power is tiny compared to the next type of civilization, Type II.

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A Type II civilization, also referred to as a stellar civilization, can control the total energy of its host star, and transfer the energy throughout the entire solar system. One popular hypothesised device or devices used to harness the entire energy output of a Type II civilizations host star are called Dyson structures. You may have seen these before as they are rather popular in science fiction. The name was coined by Freeman Dyson and is essentially a system of orbiting solar power satellites. Basically, it’s an insanely massive hollow sphere built around a civilization’s host star to milk all the energy of the star.

The amount of power this civilization would have is remarkable, but is nothing when compared to a Type III civilization.

Type III civilization, also referred to as a galactic civilization, can control the total energy of its entire host galaxy. The amount of power this civilization would have is truly frightening and is sorta in the realm of science fiction, but I’ll cover it anyway. this civilization would function extremely similar to the way a Type II civilization would work. It would harness the power of stars, mine planets and asteroids, and so on but not only for one star, but for billions of stars. Galactic real estate would become a reality, with planets, stars, or even complete solar systems being auctioned off by some supreme leader.Interestingly enough, this hypothetical galaxy may not even be noticeable.

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If such a civilization did exist, all of the energy from the stars would be held and used for whatever the civilization may need. This means all the starlight, gas, and elements in an entire galaxy would become like your kitchen pantry. If all of the matter in their entire galaxy was exploited for energy, an outside observer would view the galaxy to be completely invisible. It would appear as there was a hole in the galaxy, or if they have colonized the entire galaxy, perhaps nothing at all (in the visible spectrum at least). There is a place in space known as the Bootes void aka the Great void. At nearly 330 million light-years in diameter, the Great void is one of the largest known voids in the entire universe and is commonly referred to as a supervoid. This region of space is seemingly devoid of life and galaxies as we know it.

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A region of space with such a massive size as the Bootes void contains, scientists estimate that there should be at least 2000 galaxies in this area of space, but, to date, there have only been 60 galaxies that have been discovered in the great void. This is a mere 3% of the amount of galaxies that should occupy an area this large, so, where are they? Could it be Type III civilizations completely dominating an entire region of space, milking a 330 million light year wide region for resources?

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