Standards change

Someone from 1,000 years ago would see Google as an intelligence god-like in its powers, better even than an AI of the popular imagination.

Because we know how it works — or at least people think they do — it appears not that impressive to our modern minds.

The same with Siri, Cortana and the rest of the digital assistant lot.

Playing field is level, though. Everyone has the same god-like powers now, nearly, at least in the Western world. You’re only a god if no one else can do what you can do.

We take miracles for granted, while telling each other that easy stuff like providing decent free education and clean water is impossible.

What a time.