The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete – while this article itself is fairly thing, it makes an important point. The quantity of data (about anything and everything) is increasing insanely, and will be (and already is) perhaps the most important thing in science and in business in the coming decade or so.
Most individuals today generate more data in a day than most countries did 200 years ago. I’m just making that number up, but think about the data you generate daily, from the photos you take, logs you generate globally by browsing the web, making phone calls, purchasing items, etc.
All of this data can only be analysed with computers, and it will (and is) tell us all sorts of things we did not know before, with greater accuracy.