Although it has recieved much criticism due to it’s impact on society, the Internet is among the most powerful and unique inventions in history. It is a means of global communication, it gives rise to access to a plethora of information, and a vehical for activism and radical social change.

But one of the most interesting aspects about the internet is that it is considered by scientists as a “type I” invention while human civilization is considered to be a “type zero.”

According the the Kardashev scale, there are three different types of civilizations:

Type I: can access the energy of the Earth
Type II: access the energy of a star
Type III: access the energy of an entire galaxy

There is a theory which states that the most difficult transtion for a civilization to undergo is the transition from a Type 0 to a Type I civlization, in which many civilizations theoretically do not survive and possibly why we do not often see highly advanced Extraterrestrials wandering the galaxy despite the astonishing number of potentially earth-like planets out there. In our case, humanity either unites into a more collaborative and cooperative species to survive this transition or we remain very tribalistic destroying each other and the planet along with us.

Therefore, if such is true, the Internet being a type I invention, must be protected for it is seen as part of a birth or an opportunity for a transition to becoming a type I civilization. If we are to survive as a planet, we are to unite globally, which requires unhindered global communication, global access to relevant up-to-date information in order to share ideas and to facilitate social change in that it helps connect isolated places in the world, it gives a voice to the otherwise voiceless, promotes collaboration, understanding, giving access to freely available, relevant information, which anyone can use to educate themselves virtually almost for free. Internet freedom is essential for these things. This is why the Internet is a powerful tool and has become a target for political gain.

Many people would argue that the internet is harmful and while it is true that the Internet has it’s faults and that it can be used for less-than-good intentions with all of the annoying advertisments, pop-ups, credit card theives, cyber bullies…etc, it is only a tool. After all, guns are tools for killing and surviving. It is not guns that kill people, it is people that kill people. The internet is not the root cause of problems we have in society, but rather it points out problems that have already existed prior to it’s invention and has “picked up” societal flaws which have been transfered to the internet.

The outcome of the future is up to us. As part of the Internet Generation, we must find a way to eliminate many of the problems we have inherited from our parents, grandparents, and so on for the sake of the survival of the human race.

Since I can’t seem to upload a scene from the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” here is the script from the scene where Klaatu and the professor have a very interesting conversation:

Professor Barnhardt: There must be alternatives. You must have some technology that could solve our problem.
Klaatu: Your problem is not technology. The problem is you. You lack the will to change.
Professor Barnhardt: Then help us change.
Klaatu: I cannot change your nature. You treat the world as you treat each other.
Professor Barnhardt: But every civilization reaches a crisis point eventually.
Klaatu: Most of them don’t make it.
Professor Barnhardt: Yours did. How?
Klaatu: Our sun was dying. We had to evolve in order to survive.
Professor Barnhardt: So it was only when your world was threated with destruction that you became what you are now.
Klaatu: Yes.
Professor Barnhardt: Well that’s where we are. You say we’re on the brink of destruction and you’re right. But it’s only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve. This is our moment. Don’t take it from us, we are close to an answer

(source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970416/quotes?qt=qt0504934 )



  1. Excerpt from the script for the movie, The Matrix (1999) —

    “Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe
    your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings
    define their reality through suffering and misery.

    “The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept
    trying to ‘wake up’ from. Which is why the Matrix was re-designed to
    this: the peak of your civilization.

    {He turns from the window.}

    “I say ‘your civilization’ because as soon as we started thinking for
    you, it really became our civilization, which is, of course,
    what this is all about.

    {He sits down directly in front of Morpheus.}

    “Evolution, Morpheus. Evolution.
    Like the dinosaur. Look out that window. You had your time.

    {Morpheus stares hard at him, trying hard not to show the pain}

    “The future is our world, Morpheus.
    The future is our time.”

  2. I don’t get the Kardashev scale. It’s all too hypothetical. Do we know that a type II or III civilisation exists, or even can exist? No data. To harness the energy of an entire galaxy, though seems a little too far-fetched to be possible. Yes- who knows. But it seems to beggar belief.

    Of course (and here is where you may be tempted to turn off or mentally ridicule me, but please don’t) I could interject with the thoughts of my inner creationist (not necessarily YEC), and wonder if God created us the only life of our type in the universe. Even then, though I don’t know- we know, Scripturally, of other beings we might call angels, demons and so on- entities which operate outside the normal plane of existence, but the bible is silent on the usual extra-terrestrials. Does this mean they don’t exist? No. Does it mean they have little real bearing on the human experience? Quite possibly.

    But either way, the fact is we just don’t know, at least not yet.

    And what of the definitions? Why must type I, the lowest non-zero level, be some sort of scale yet to be realised? And can we compare the energy we are able to utilise now (from fossil fuels, nuclear fission, and what large-scale renewables we can yet manage) to the limited amounts we were able to previously? Or the primitive applications of wind, water and animal power to a hunter-gatherer, pre-domestication-of-large-beasts-of-burden existence? These are all levels to consider.

    Anddo we even *need* to be a type I civilisation,let alone higher? To harness such vast amounts of energy? Or is that just a product of our wasteful and over-consuming society? It could deepen the human experience, perhaps.

    And then we come to the internet. I suppose it isn’t the only thing which has allowed communication on a global scale, but it it the one thing which permits the large-scale dissemination of information *and* communication at the same time. It brings us closer together in ways the telegraph or telephone (point-to-point comminication), radio or television (one-way, ephemeral disseminators of information) and so on could not. We can access anything, and contribute, be part of the conversation to an open-ended audience. That can gain us an insight into the world whic is not controlled or limited by the powers that be, and is not limited by geography. Is it necessary for the future of humanity? Who knows, but it could help us arrive closer to the solutions for the problems we face, by helping the sharing of information crucial to arriving at that solution. It also perhaps requires vast amounts of energy as well as containing a lot of junk, and harmful things, and the potential for cyber-warfare disrupting systems on which we all depend is frightening. A double-edged sword it truly is.

    • Hmm…Very thought provoking and interesting questions you have. Indeed, perhaps we don’t need to be type I civilization, but I suppose that depends on various factors currently at play in the world. Thank you for commenting. 😀

  3. I’d add certainly what we let the internet turn into and how we let it affect us as a human race is important. Is it a true open forum for sharing information, ideas, etc.? Or just another tool for the powers that be? Are we going to get bogged down in inanity or going to allow it to do something worthwhile? What of the extreme views that find voice, the possible paranoia and mistrust o fhte conspiricy theorist, the political views and prejudices which find more voice and a wider audience on the internet than they would in meatspace? And so on.

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