A (death)Star is born . . .
Remember the earliest personal computers? 8K of RAM, "program" loaded off a cassette player, green screen . . . Commodore 64/Kaypro/Trash80?
Well they grew up after a few decades, and the performance of even a modern "cheapie" computer is more than anyone could have imagined in 1984.
Remember the first airplanes (well, no, you'll have to read about them) . . . went a whole 103 feet without crashing, needed a catapult to get going, had all of 12 horsepower.
Sixty-odd years later we went to the moon. A few orders of magnitude in performance here.
Gee, lookit the dumb-ass laser gun! Needs a big truck, bunch of guys in white coats, nasty chemicals and costs a bundle. Fries sparrows real well (as long as they're not flying).
You give this technology 50 years with Boeing/Lockheed/BAE/DARPA etc pouring in billions of dollars/pounds/yen/yuan/euros and watch what IT will do . . . oops, we disintegrated the moon by accident, sorry about that . . .
Polish your tinfoil (reflective) hats, you're gonna need 'em - and don't forget the peanut butter on the inside for insulation (chunky works better than smooth).