Suddenly, we can know the world completely.
Late in the first day of this year’s TED Conference, its understated curator, Chris Anderson, took the stage and made a pronouncement. “The computing power in some of the things that we’re seeing is really startling,” he said. “It feels to me as if things have suddenly notched up a level in an unexpected way. We’re used to Moore’s Law. We’re used to things getting better and better and better. And then some years, it suddenly just feels as if—kapow!—there’s a step change.”