During this paradigm shift it really seems to me that we will most probably move to a form of racial consciousness. I'm a huge fan of Frank Herbert's Dune in which he refers to the ability of the Lisan al-Gaib to tap into this racial conscience, a type of a racial destiny - the race being the human race.
Facts will become more and more trivialised as our technology continues to develop and "knowing" something will become easier and easier. Technical as well as physical demands on humans decrease as our tools, our automata, increase in efficacy - this leaves the human mind free to ponder, philosophize, emote and interpret.
We can already see some of these elements today in how the Internet is delivering knowledge, content and skill at a speed, unfathomable a decade ago. In my own industry, the IT industry, learning technical know-how, troubleshooting and many other functions are really just a function of how well you are able to leverage the information already on the Internet. Of course experience speeds things up greatly, but given enough time and skill you can find most answers relating to IT on the Internet these days.
To add to these trends I read on Slashdot about a project that tracked the global mood through the blogosphere:http://ilps.science.uva.nl/MoodViews/Moodgrapher/
Using these types of tools we can gauge the mood of the race conscious, starting to add tangible elements to it.