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Type 2

By Equiliari
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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.
Image size
1920x1200px 3.35 MB
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Can i use it for an Instagram post on an educational account ? , we make no money from it.

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EquiliariProfessional Interface Designer

Sure thing, go on ahead!

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What a beautiful image. I was wondering if I could use it in a newsletter I email called DelanceyPlace. We are going to do an excerpt from Freeman Dyson's book Disturbing the Universe on the Kardashev scale. 

Our email is daily [at] delanceyplace [dot] com.

Best wishes,
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Yep, you may.
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NiXzZHobbyist General Artist
Holy Mother of God :OOOO How did you do that? This Sharpness and high quality and then these very nice effects! I love this picture!
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chinook22Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa, wow! :o (Eek)
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tadp0l3Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is truly amazing, can't believe I've missed this one. Amazing piece mate!
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EquiliariProfessional Interface Designer
It happens :)
Thanks :D
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cosmicsparkHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I freakin love that yellow/orange star they are creating.  It contrasts so good with the blue background... mmmm
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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 (:
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EquiliariProfessional Interface Designer
Aye, that would be a the formation of a "microsun" at the center of what eventually will become another machine.
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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)
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Seriously awesome. Thanks! Now can we have one for a type 3 civilization? 0_o
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EquiliariProfessional Interface Designer
Yikes, a species completely draining an entire galaxy?! He he, perhaps...
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yeah yeah - or even just sucking down a quasar or some such ;) W00t.
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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.
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crucafixStudent 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
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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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EquiliariProfessional Interface Designer
Thanks, be sure to notify me when it is done so I can have a lookise :)
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something weird is going on at braintrust
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Your work has been featured here [link] :aww:
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