Maybe it was the rolling blackouts.
Maybe it was something no historian will discover.
Looking back 1000 years later, the details have faded but the facts remain.
When more than 50 percent of the people grew to depend upon their symbiotic relationships with technology, the Change began.
At first, it was unnoticeable.
But then, as network technology continued to spread, people’s attitudes shifted.
They no longer expected information to be “out there” somewhere.
They became the information they sought.
They created the instant wisdom they used to imagine belonged to elites.
All because of a single femtocell.
One femtocell split into two, which divided into twos again, and again, and again, until pervasive, cheap technology turned us into our own network, freeing us from the costly, slow infrastructure with tolls and fees that had inhibited the explosion of the Change.
No longer were data centers some remote place that ate up energy like hogs at a trough.
People were walking/talking data centers, thinktanks, supercomputers and network nodes all at the same time.
Thanks to exponential advances in technology.
From the perspective of 1000 years, the Change seemed to happen overnight.
Of course it didn’t.
Years and decades passed while portions of the people sped up and slowed down the socioeconomic trends that led to the Change.
A student of history digs for the details, trying not to invent connections where connections never exists.
The writer of historical fiction has full access to imaginative connections.
Legends, fables and fairy tales live somewhere in-between.
The Change happened — that’s all that matters, despite false rumours and gossip to the contrary that say we came from genetically modified plants, not electromechanical technology.