The other day, i saw a youtube clip of michio kaku talking about the existence of aliens. He said that we are looking for aliens in 3 different categories. Types 1, 2, 3. He then explains that each one is a level of how advanced that civilization is. "a type 1 civilization would be a civilization which has the ability to control the weather, earthquakes, the home planet. It wouldn't get its energy from dead plants but instead the mother star". He then describes that a type2 civilization is un-stoppable. it is indestructible. It gets its energy from multiple stars, the species exists as a single civilization in multiple star systems. It can move planets, stop super nova and can travel between star systems. Then a type3 civilization was described as a civilization with god-like powers. It can travel across the entire universe. It can pretty much do whatever it like. It could even travel through time and create matter!
"But where are we on the scale?" he says. "are we 1, 2 or 3? NO we are type0. we get our energy from plants and can't even leave our own planetary system". "Will we ever make it to a type1 civilization? If we do it will be the greatest moment in human history". But we must get rid of things like war, religion, famine, and other obstacles. We must also enhance things like space travel, clean powerful energy sources, better education, better health.. etc. Michio Kaku believes that this will all happen in the next 100 years or so. "The generation of today is the most important to EVER live. Them and their grandchildren will likely be around to see the transition between type0 to 1, or the end of humans". This is the riskiest thing in humanity, we probably won't make it.
I would like you to put in what you think our outcome will be. I think we will make it, but loose things along the way.
He is in fact a theoretical physicist. That said, he is still somewhat of a flake.
As for "this is the most important generation that ever lived" nonsense, without the last one this one would never have lived at all.
Without first learning how to control fire, there would be no technology to speak of.
All generations have been equally important since abiogenesis started things off.