When an observation becomes a road-map — and thus a “self-fulfilling prophecy” — exponential nonlinearity writes itself into reality. Is Moore’s Law the clearest example of ontological auto-production that we have?
Notably: Moore’s Law feature miniaturization heads inexorably towards the atomic scale (by ~2020) and thus the threshold of quantum computation, which raises the exponentiation to a higher power. A single 300 qubit machine would realize a greater computational power than that currently instantiated in the entire global stock of electronic devices (since every qubit is a binary exponent).
The disruption of cryptography will be messy.