What If Humanity Was A Type V Civilization? | Unveiled

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According to the Kardashev Scale, a Type V Civilization should be able to harness the power of the Multiverse... A Type V being would be master of not just this universe, but all parallel universes as well! Humanity isn't close to that level yet, but what if we were? What would our lives be like if we completed the Kardashev Scale? In this video, Unveiled looks far, far into the future to see what's really possible...

What If Humanity Was A Type V Civilization?

Ever since we first appeared on Earth, humanity has been inventing, problem solving, and progressing its technology. Science gave us a way to discover the universe and to determine what works and what doesn’t, and we’ve used the knowledge we have to build relatively advanced civilizations and to rise to the top of the food chain. But is there a final destination for us? An ultimate endgame? Could we reach a point where there’s nothing left to discover?

This is Unveiled and today we’re answering the extraordinary question; What if humanity was a Type V civilization?

Type V is the pinnacle of the Kardashev scale, a system developed by astrophysicist Nikolai Kardashev to measure humanity’s technological advancement based on how much potential energy it can harness. Originally there were only three levels: A Type I civilization, which can harness all of its home planet’s energy; a Type II, which uses all of its own star’s energy; and a Type III that can harness all of the energy in its home galaxy. Kardashev had imagined that this was the upper limit, but the scale has recently been added to. Now, it’s proposed that Type IV civilizations can harness the entire universe’s energy, and a Type V - the Type we’re interested in today - is able to access all of the energy in all of the universes and timelines that ever have, do or will exist.

Right now, we still reside somewhere in the Type Zero region, not even utilising our own Planet Earth to its full potential to make it to Type I… so we’re nowhere near close to anything like Type V. But assuming we don’t annihilate ourselves or die off in some other way, it’s feasible - perhaps even logical - to think that we’ll continue advancing with each generation and, in time, we’d soar up and “complete” the Kardashev Scale. So, what would life be like if we did just that?

Well, for starters, it would be almost unimaginable for us as we are now. Living a Type V existence would mean harnessing all the energy possible in the Multiverse - which first and foremost means we’d be at a time when the multiverse “many worlds” theory was not just a confirmed reality, but one that we’d have mastered. We’d be able to travel anywhere and everywhere, most likely via wormholes, not only within our own universe, but to any point in any possible universe.

In this way, it’s conceivable to think that such a civilization would’ve reached the acme of their technological prowess; the pinnacle at which everything that can exist does exist. The energy output for such a scenario is impossible to predict - or even to fathom. However, it has been estimated that a Type IV civilization would have an output of 10 Quattuordecillion (that’s 10 to the power of 45) watts of power. So, given that Type IV would achieve this with just one universe, we’d multiply that figure by the number of universes that feature in our Type V multiverse… and that’s the incredible, almost unquantifiable estimate we’re dealing with. For all intents and purposes, we’d have unlimited energy and boundless potential.

What would that mean for our general state of mind? Well, a Type V civilization would have a complete understanding of every theory in existence; will have mastered every form of mathematics; will have perfected medicine, biology, astronomy, physics, and every other branch of science; and will have written all there is to write. As with our access to energy, our access to knowledge would be almost incomprehensible. Even highly skilled roles like research scientists and theoretical physicists would now be occupations of the past, as there’d be no more research needed in any field. Objective truth would be known throughout humanity and the so-called “theory of everything” will’ve been identified. Humanity would be masters over the laws of nature, able to manipulate them as they please. We’d also know of and will’ve catalogued every life form ever to exist in any universe, past, present, or future. There’d be nothing that we wouldn’t understand!

Religion, theology and even more general spirituality may well have died out at this point, too - or at least the broader inclination to “have faith” in anything will have passed. We’d now be able to prove or disprove the existence of a God quite easily by travelling to its dimension, if there is one. We wouldn’t require faith because we genuinely would know… although this part does depend on your interpretation. Some would argue that God is inaccessible to humans no matter how advanced we become, so even under Type V circumstances we’d still fall short of supreme power.

There’d be no doubting our powers everywhere else, though. By the time humanity had even reached a Type II level, we’d basically be invulnerable to destruction from nature. We could still obliterate ourselves by war, but natural disasters would no longer be a threat. Storms, earthquakes and volcanoes would all be manageable; even asteroids would be little more than a passing nuisance, thanks to our development of various techniques for sidestepping them - including literally moving planets out of their path. Which means that by the time we transcend to Type V status, the colossal dangers we encounter today - what some might call “acts of God” - would be only a very distant memory. Even better, though; for a Type V civilization, even war would be a thing of the past, with fair and universal cohesion sweeping across existence.

Part of the reason for no war could well be that the fundamental nature of our existence will’ve changed, as well. According to some projections, a Type V civilization could actually wind up being a non-physical phenomenon. Say, in our genuinely infinite wisdom, we uncover (or build) a non-physical dimension where something akin to consciousness can reside… in the interests of ultimate efficiency we could inhabit that (instead of this tangible world) to achieve an even higher level of existence. In so doing, we’d have effectively conquered ageing, all disease and even death - turning ourselves into adaptable, indestructible streams of data while still, in order not to sacrifice happiness, finding a way to remain content in our new selves.

Anyone born into this age wouldn’t have to fear death and could justifiably expect to live forever. We’d have long-surpassed even the need for AI prosthetics or artificial organs, as even ultra-advanced robotics that now seem impossible will’ve become clunky, outdated and unreliable. Even if someone did somehow die, we’d probably be able to recreate them again; or they’d be able to manipulate the multiverse into erasing their death or reversing it. For a Type V being, what we’d today consider “superpowers” would be simple, blink-of-the-eye tasks!

Which highlights a philosophical question at the heart of this heady sci-fi trip… because if humanity was a Type V civilization, then could it really still consider itself as “humanity” at all? How “human” could it ever really be? We’d have the ability to shape the world around us; to switch between universal plains; to live for as long as we’d like; and perhaps even to construct for ourselves a paradisal “afterlife”, if such a place was needed or wanted in a Type V time. The entire Multiverse would now be our playground and we would exist more like the Gods we envision today.

Finally, and perhaps crucially, with a complete understanding of all dimensions across multiple universes, we’d also almost inevitably be able to time travel. We could harness our power to visit every moment in history, leaving no mystery unsolved and no historical inaccuracy unchecked, collating for ourselves a complete and definitive record of our existence. In this way, we’d at least be able to revisit the various “lower levels” of our evolution - even all the way back to the days of “humanity” as we understand it now. So, though we will’ve likely changed beyond all recognition, every Type V human would be able to instantly reconnect with the past.

At which point, what would be the next step for us? Nothing, it seems. Right now, there’s no established Type VI to aspire to. As far as we can contemplate, any being that exists in a Type V civilization will have discovered everything there is to discover and would know everything there is to know. Our most fundamental quests for wisdom, knowledge and truth will’ve hit a ceiling and we might have nothing left to do. A good thing, perhaps… but maybe also our eventual downfall.

The fabled Type V existence is an incredibly far-off dream that may perhaps never materialise. But, if it did, it’d mean we’d have effectively “completed life”; a considerable achievement, but one that’d leave us without purpose, wondering what to do next. Regardless, we will have climbed the Kardashev Scale to the very top. And that’s what would happen if humanity was a Type V civilization.