The slideshow below was given by designer Chris Heathcote at Do Lectures. In it he talks about how data shapes the world, and how important science and technological literacy are to understanding it. A couple of particulalrly interesting (to me) facts are outlined here:
1: Your entire genome is only about 786MB of data, and the 1% of that genome that makes you unique from everyone else is equivalent to only 8MB.
2: 23andme, who for $99 will sequence the most important 1% of your genetic code, and provide you with an online repository of your personalised genome data for you to explore.
He goes on to describe seeing a medical fact on a BBC science program, and then logging on to look it up in his own genome.
If you were in any doubt before, it's pretty clear that
The future will be confusing
via Warren Ellis' Machine Vision newsletter.