Studying computer science, one never doubts the fact that the world is moving towards new heights at a great rate. Technology is constantly better, faster, smaller. I read SlashDot, PCWorld, and ACM News on a daily basis, and the fact that they never run out of interesting news to report shows how fast technology is moving.
But my impressions from other fields of study are very different. The genius found in musicians and philosophers from long ago is not often seen today. After reading Descartes and Sartre last year, and Nietzsche last term, we are now looking at Social Epistemology. Yes, even Philosophy is now contaminated by the word "Social": how far are we from becoming a branch of sociology or psychology? Reading papers by contemporary Philosophers, I see none of the genius which is so readily evident in Descartes, Sartre, and Nietzsche. Attending the ECPO Beethoven concert a couple of weeks ago led to a similar impression - can modern music be compared to the Emperor? I doubt it.
Perhaps art, literature, philosophy, and music will simply become irrelevant as our world becomes increasingly virtual, and that the advances in technology are therefore all that is needed.
But maybe not...