Kardashev Scale Meets Fermi Paradox

for background info, SEE ALSO:
The Kardashev Scale
Singularity Theory May Explain Fermi Paradox
The Evolution of Civilization

The Kardashev scale describes the evolution of civilizations according to a grand scale of energy consumption. Stage I civilizations can consume energy on a planetary scale, Stage II on a stellar scale, and Stage III on a galactic scale.

The Fermi paradox ponders why we have not yet found any evidence of alien civilizations even though we suspect the vastness of the universe predicts they must exist.

Singularity theory describes rapid growth curves that produce dramatic change and some difficulty in understanding what lies beyond the horizon point of major change.

The Kardashev scale only considers the harnessing and consumption of available energy as a measure and uses our current science and technology as a measuring stick. As science changes and knowledge grows, this may also need to be updated or risk becoming antiquated. New sources of energy and new types of energy could change the way we look at this scale. Or breakthoughs of different types might completely obsolete the entire scale.

Singularity type events in fields like ethics, AI, nanotechnology or other areas could reduce or eliminate the importance of energy or change the way we measure energy. In the future, we may decide it’s more appropriate to measure the advance of a civilization by what they know and how they choose to use that knowledge. Knowledge, intelligence, ethics, and wisdom may form the basis of a new measuring scale.

Going through a singularity event will make our civilization more difficult to detect by another civilization at our level before the singularity. If we want to try to detect other civilizations that have already gone past the singularity point, we will have to create new scales to measure progress upon.

SEE ALSO:
The Kardashev Scale
Singularity Theory May Explain Fermi Paradox
The Evolution of Civilization

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