While we do indeed have access to vastly superior technology than homo sapiens have had in their long history, we do not yet qualify as a Type I. We are, however, well on our way.
So, what is this civilization classification system, and who established it?
The system measures the technological advancement of a civilization by assessing the amount of space it takes up, and the extent to which it utilizes the energy resources within that space. It is known as the Kardashev scale, and can be expressed in terms of the order of magnitude of power that a civilization extracts for its personal use. This very forward-thinking and pragmatic scale was proposed in 1964 by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev. A civilization that has attained a certain level of technological development is described as follows: