Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day provide a more natural performance in implantable lenses.... it also may lead to superior ground and aerial surveillance technology. phys.orgEveryone should know where we're headed with global surveillance and the "united state" of governmental claims of global omniscience in the end... so we may as well take our time getting there. After all, all this progress is probably going to "be" a pale imitation of the real Creator and on a long enough timeline we keep on dying when the gift of consciousness and en"light"enment recedes no matter what techniques we use to try to bear it a little longer. But think about it this way. If any civilization did reach a technological singularity of sorts and the dust of the Cosmos is merely a matter of "data" which can be arranged based on techniques or technology then even resurrection* isn't out of the question. It's an open question, yet many seem certain that receding back into dust is eternal ignorance and ignorance... bliss. *
Although acknowledging that there are some similarities between the Singularity and the Rapture (i.e., millenarianism, transcendence), Singularitarians counter that the differences are crucial (i.e., rationalism, naturalism, uncertainty of outcome, human-caused event, nature of the event contingent on human action, no insider privilege, no religious trappings, no revenge against non-believers, no anthropomorphism, evidence-based justification for belief). STS academic David Correia argues that the Singularitarian movement is encouraged and sponsored by a malevolent network of military and corporate interests in search of human enhancement technologies that serve to reinforce social inequality since the Singularity offers the conditions of permanent capitalist social relations and the bioengineering of bourgeois values. Correia concludes that Singularitarianism and the broader transhumanist movement are old-fashioned eugenics with better techniques passing itself off as pragmatic postmodernism. --WikipediaSingularitarians.... that's awkward. There again, they are science geeks.