Soon, everything we experience will be recorded.
Stross describes a world -- not too far off, where every moment of every individual's life is recorded and where 100 kilograms (or less) of diamond-based storage can store an entire century's worth of experience for the population of the planet.
Cool! So when our planet blows up we can send out a probe and psychically transfer our collective memories into a passing starship captain!
That flute was sold at auction at Christie's. They originally valued it at $300, which as Kid Various predicted, was ludicrous. It eventually sold for $48,000.