Human technology has progressed a lot during the past 5,000 years, and the science of archaeology has shown it. We’ve changed the landscape, the climate and the echo system (of course, for the worse so far). We’ve made tall buildings for the people. Perhaps above all, we’ve have the control of the planet’s energy, but we still want much more power.
This good appetite for energy shows the future of human civilization in the next 5,000 years. So let’s see or predict What Earth will be like in 7012 A.D.
In 1964, Russian scientist Nicolai Kardashev said that a country’s progress in technology is directly related to the amount of energy its people can get and use. According to this, he talked about three groups for advanced civilizations in the galaxy:
Type I civilizations are masters of energy, meaning that they can collect all the energy of a planet.
Type II civilizations can get the power of an entire star system.
Type III civilizations control the energy of a whole galaxy.
Scientists use this theory and say that for now today’s humans are not even on this list. (We are still fighting for a drop of petroleum!!!). We’re essentially a type zero (0) civilization now, but hopefully we’ll finally become a type I. But when?
Some people say that this will happen by the end of this century. Some other people say that it will happen in 200 years and some say that in 3200 years we can get to type II.
If we achieve type II status by that time, then 71st-century humans will have even greater technological power. Scientists say that such a civilization can control a complete solar system to get its energy. Other scientists believe that type II people can travel to other galaxies and will have the ability to move entire planets – genetics and computer science will be as modern at that time, too.
These future humans will be very different from us culturally or even neurologically. They may be called posthumans or transhumans.
However, a lot of other things can happen in 5,000 years. We might destroy ourselves with war or kill the planet with nanotechnology. Perhaps we’ll have problems with the threat of asteroid and comet from the space. We might even face an alien type II civilization long before we are modern enough to fight with them and finished!! 🙂
Which one do you hope for? Or you have other predictions about the future?