What astonished me is the sheer scale of operations like this, and the thought that this is just one of many data centres like it that are going to be springing up all over the world - just to store the data of people like us. Where does all the information come from, and what is it that has happened to our world to change us from people who, forty years or so ago could store all our personal information in a small filing cabinet in the spare bedroom?
Now we need vast data centres, and gigabytes of storage space for everyone. What's so important to us that it must be stored in this way? Whatever happened to that lever-arch folder with three or four years-worth of letters? Now its dozens of virtual folders and thousands of files filled with....what?