One of the side effects of automating processes is that they can operate faster than we are able to deal with, at least initially. The Human Genome Project, just ten years old, is a good case in point. Made possible through the use of robotics and specialized scientific instrumentation, the project has generated a massive amount of data and information that companies are struggling to sort out and turn into practical and effective products.
Without the technology the project wouldn't have been possible, but a decade later some researchers, and companies that have invested millions are wondering when, and if, all the promise of the project will ever materialize.
Awaiting the Genome Payoff – NYTimes