I’ve seen a few things lately that have set me off on this path of thinking.
One was a vid on youtube (an anti-religion vid, but the anti religion aspect is irrelevant here)
The best way I can describe it is that information availability is improving at an exponential rate.
This availability means that anybody in a research field can very easily find information from almost anybody in another research field, or the same research field, and use it to improve his own work.
In short, the human race is becoming a more and more perfect Borg collective, but without the sinister intentions.
Everything is benefiting from knowledge of everything else. I just hope similarly mega-powerful capacity for stupidity and ignorance that the human race has doesn’t scupper this.