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.
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