The Kardashev Scale says how much energy is needed to control something. We are Type 0.724 on the Kardashev Scale.
Type 0.0 Minimal Civilisations
Hominids appear in Africa that evolve into humans who move to other parts of the world.
Roaming hunter-gatherers explore vast areas, then build boats to explore the world. Ability to make fire and the wheel is invented. Egalitarian economy and barter systems emerge as tribes meet.
Politic hierarchies emerge with economic inequalities and a division of labor. Building the first structures. We still think the sun revolves around the earth.
Mercantile economies lead to market economies and democracy. The oceans are discovered via wooden ships. Early science, first telescopes, understanding of magnetism, printing press, storage and mass production of grain. Empires extend their control over peoples who are not culturally, ethnically or geographically within their normal jurisdiction, with a goal of economic dominance over rival empires. Industrial revolution emerges with steam engines.
Liberal democracies that give the vote to all citizens. Explosion of science leads to combustion engines, flight and mass produced land vehicles. Computer revolution and related technologies emerge. Capitalism and free markets emerge.
First humans on the moon. Computers are networked and mass produced due to transistor miniaturization and integrated circuit boards. Nuclear power is embraced for good and bad.
Our current civilization. Global network / internet. First particle accelerators. Digital and data revolution. Nano technology. Early space race towards nearby planets and moons. Globally linked renewable energy sources to replace nuclear fission and coal plants.
Ability to choose what your children look like due to improved genetic engineering. First moon and Mars bases. Quantum computers. Utilization of Dark Matter and Energy. Fusion power becomes primary source of energy. Sending miniature objects to nearby stars.
The ability to fully control energy and weather systems on Earth which is a possible ecumenopolis. Bases around the solar system and harnessing of materials from asteroids. Sending the first ships to nearby stars.
Type 1.0 Planetary Civilisations
Ability to completely control the Earth and Moon and possibly prevent aging.
Space travel becomes possible for most people. All species have been discovered. Ability to move asteroids away from earth or mine them. First space wars.
Colonization of the moon, ability to manipulate genes so that many common diseases are no longer a problem.
Space lifts, colonization of other planets, first invisibility, and the ability to upload brains to computers.
Interplanetary travel and first step to terraforming.
Possible discovery of aliens (if within home galaxy), discovered how consciousness works (possibly earlier) and what dark energy is.
Mining many asteroids, first humans in another solar system.
Beginning the construction of a dyson sphere, first warp drive and faster than light travel
Construction of an A.I. indistinguishable from that of a human being
First colony in another solar system, Dyson Sphere is nearly complete, ability to actively create species.
Type 2.0 Stellar Civilisations
Dyson sphere is complete, along with star system colonization.
Multiple systems colonized.
Perfection of a virtual reality that looks and feels real. 100 stars colonized.
Holograms Become Real. This may happen much, much earlier with the use of nanotechnology, but the creation of metamaterials that serve the same purpose are here now.
First object sent to intergalactic space.
First easily noticeable time travel using relativistic time dilation.
Perfection of a virtual reality that looks and feels real. 1,000,000 stars colonized.
10,000,000 stars colonized, along with cloning at the quantum level
Ability to direct wormholes.
A full spiral arm of the galaxy is colonised.
Type 3.0 Galactic Civilisations
The entire galaxy is colonised, the first humans in other galaxies. Ability to control things with your mind; this could be achieved very far in the past by the use of augmented technology, but now it is indistinguishable from telekinesis.
Colonisation of ten galaxies; at this point, humanity occupies the Local Group, with arrays Dyson spheres absorbing much of the light from the Milky Way, Andromeda, and Triangulum. Intergroup travel is employed to send probes to more distant galaxy groups in the Virgo Cluster.
Intergalactic civilisation develops a host of technologies. Zeptotechnology allows for the modification of individual particles, including custom-making massive particles with a range of useful properties not seen in nature.
At this point, humanity occupies the entire Local Cluster. Mastery of quantum mechanics is obtained, allowing for macroscopic structures of a wide range of sizes to be placed into superposition.
Zeptotechnology has advanced to the point where the electroweak force is routinely utilised in the building of structures.
Colonisation of 100,000 galaxies; at this point, humanity occupies the entire Laniakea supercluster.
Colonisation of a million galaxies.
Colonisation of a billion galaxies.
Type 4.0 Cosmic Civilisations
Humanity occupies the entire universe and is using all of the resources inside it. Interuniversal travel is difficult, so civilisations can plateau here for quite some time.
Humanity discovers how to travel to nearby alternate universes and begins settling them or uniting with the alternate versions of humanity there, using horizon breaking technology to escape the narrow confines of their home universe.
Type 5.0 Multiversal Civilisations
Humanity occupies an entire multiverse.
By correlating information over vast numbers of multiverses, humanity discovers that they exist in a simulated metaverse; expanding further is tantamount to altering the coding of this metaverse, starting with tuning small amounts of the API left open by its elusive creators.
Type 6.0 Metaversal Civilisations
Humanity gains total control over the code of the metaverse and begins looking for ways to break out.