Ease of processing, storage, presentation and communication of information seems to have unlocked human creativity like nothing before it. Provided current civilization is able to sustain the information revolution, there could be a paradoxical side-effect lurking somewhere.
Imagine that current pace of information gathering, systematization and disbursal continues for a few centuries, till the farthest from technology human groups also have their culture, history and life digitized and documented. Till that point, I am sure current gush of creativity and digitization will go hand in hand.
However, the rub will come when the past is almost covered. Will there be more ideas? We don’t know the answer!
Just compare physics and its younger friend, biology. How many more layers of ignorance is yet to unfold in each? Physics is way more saturated in ideas than biology. Now, give a few centuries of undisturbed (and probably accelerated) information management to biology. Then? Just look at inorganic chemistry. There was an explosion in the beginning and then it was almost resolved!
In arts, situation is a bit more interesting. Just how many stories, how many recipes, how many shirt designs, just how many melodies are conceivable? Possibly infinite. However, how many of them are *discernibly* different?
This means, after a few centuries, making a masterpiece of art or a major breakthrough in science will be
- Exponentially difficult as time passes and/or
- Exponentially expensive as time passes and/or
- Exponentially difficult to discern in arts or use a scientific breakthrough as a technology
Essentially, fruits may be hanging so high, it may be uneconomical to pluck them.