How can you not love this?
It's night in Amsterdam, morning in Silicon Valley. Today, fifty thousand human babies are being born around the world. Meanwhile automated factories in Indonesia and Mexico have produced another quarter of a million motherboards with processors rated at more than ten petaflops – about an order of magnitude below the lower bound on the computational capacity of a human brain. Another fourteen months and the larger part of the cumulative conscious processing power of the human species will be arriving in silicon. And the first meat the new AIs get to know will be the uploaded lobsters.
http://www.accelerando.org/_static/accelerando.html is Charlie Stross' Hugo nominated story. It's online and it's free.
It's also formatted in such a way that by shrinking the browser window you can change the length of the line which makes it much easier to read.