What some people expect will happen, from a review of another book:
In “Why the West Rules, For Now,” his excellent and amusing survey of the last 70,000 years or so of human history, Ian Morris discusses an event we can look forward to in 2045: the Singularity, “effectively merging carbon-and-silicon based intelligence into a single global consciousness. . . . We will transcend biology, evolving into a new, merged being as far ahead of homo sapiens as a contemporary human is of the individual cells that merge to create his or her body.”
And all of us cells will be united, by, what, Facebook?
This, of course, is basically the premise of Gaia worship, which says that we already are all just cells of the organism Earth. It also makes a great worldview for totalitarianism.
The union of the human and the machine is a goal transhumanism. As Timothy Leary was dying of cancer, he dreamed of someday being able to download his consciousness into the internet, giving him everlasting life. If everybody does that, we could dispense with our bodies altogether and all be one.
Is this the beginning of a new religion? Does anyone know how seriously people, especially in the tech world, are taking this? The Singularity. Coming in 2045. Put that date on your calendar.