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Type 2 by Equiliari Type 2 by Equiliari
Type 2
The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring an advanced civilization's level of technological advancement. The scale is only theoretical and in terms of an actual civilization highly speculative; however, it puts energy consumption of an entire civilization in a cosmic perspective. It was first proposed in 1964 by the Soviet Russian astronomer Nikolai Kardashev.
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A type 2 civilization has created large machines that extract and store solar energy.
The machines themselves are no larger than a planet about the size of 5 Earths, however they are able to directly extract energy from suns, and use this energy to create new microsuns by... well its a friggin type 2 civilization! We can't grasp how the hell they do it so its pretty much "magic" to us! :O
Ahem... Regardless... the civilization is by their own definition peaceful, they gather lone suns, and make sure they are not innhabited by sol class lifeforms.


I like the exsistence of the scale (or a scale in general to define civilization tecchnological levels), however I disagree with certain points in it. While the scale explains the ammount of energy harnessed, it says nothing about energy efficiency or how this energy is used. Regardless, I decided to call this image Type 2, because it encompasses the very core of a type 2 civilization: Harnessing the energy of an entire sun.


Image Details:
Original Size: 5120 x 3200
Time Spent: 6 Hours

Use as own wallpaper if you like, ask for permission if you want to use it for something else, and all that jazz.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-08-07
Type 2 by ~Equiliari Today ends the countdown to DeviantArt's Birthday. Today we celebrate 11 years of a community which fosters and nurtures the artist in all of us. To celebrate that forward looking approach I give you the Eleventh First Timer DD in a row. "Visions of a future world in which civilization advances beyond its own world out into the Universe beyond. Wonderfully done, you can almost imagine you are there." ( Featured by Casperium )
cosmicspark Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I freakin love that yellow/orange star they are creating.  It contrasts so good with the blue background... mmmm
BonusExperiment Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
As far as I've understood, the gigantic orb is 5 times the size of earth. How come the star is so tiny? Is it one of these microsuns?

Very impressive work. You combine a great imagination with great skills. Awesome stuff like this is the result (:
Equiliari Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Aye, that would be a the formation of a "microsun" at the center of what eventually will become another machine.
cclloyd9785 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Technical flaw: IRL, a civ would NEVER keep even a microsun that close to a planet. It would destroy their atmosphere.

So you said that the death start harnessing that sun is 5x the size of earth? Dayum that's big. Love the wallpaper though.

I feel like we will be type 2 in less than 200 years, considering we are already harnessing nuclear fusion, and have created nanosuns (not but 1mm big)
vreq Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Seriously awesome. Thanks! Now can we have one for a type 3 civilization? 0_o
Equiliari Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Yikes, a species completely draining an entire galaxy?! He he, perhaps...
vreq Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
yeah yeah - or even just sucking down a quasar or some such ;) W00t.
Blackvertigo1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
Sorry. Only I possess the power of stars.
And speaking of this "Kardashev scale" including all of my technologies, I'd say humanity has a Type III.
I have the power of stars and black holes.
Nothing can withstand the technological powers I possess.
Warping to any place.
Shields that make my ship invulnerable.
Energy weapons that break anything down to its core.
Cloaking into darkness.
Holographics that are as powerful as what they show.
Levitation that puts all I have on the highest pedestal.
Fusion; the power of stars. Harnessed in its full form.
crucafix Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
WOW really i learn very much from your commentary for your own artwork, imagine if there exist a civilization type III, or IV or even V which could harnessing the energy of entire galaxy, universe or more even, the MULTIVERSE O_o

and i love the artwork too, seeing how you could capable of visualize how a type II civilization could be, that's so cool. but more importantly, i learn so many from your deviation here.
hereby, i wanna say thank you for what you have taught to us here :D
Phoenix1583 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Love this image. Love the commentary behind it too. Not many people know of that scale so it's good to explain it. I may work on something like this myself in a few days.
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