This could be YOU.

The New York Times predicts that technology will inevitably lead those with the means and inclination into a souless techno afterlife where we live on in a microchip purgatory for all of eternity (or something like that).

One of guys who created the Google calls it “Singularity” and has even funded a “University” to bring about its existence. Technology has, officially, replaced religion as a mechanism of social glue and mythology of the self. And it’s all very depressing, hopeful, frightening, and exciting.

Tomorrow we will all be Bladerunner, and then we will be Tron.

Technology literally evolves us as a species in real time. With the advent of the saddle, our species evolved from clumsy bipedal prairie monkeys into a speedy beast that could match the longevity and speed of a horse. When Bell invented the telephone, as a species we all suddenly evolved the ability to communicate with miles between us. With the internet, we gained the ability to cull information from a thousand disparate sources around the globe and sort through them in real time. So, it is inevitable that, at some point, we will devise a way to record our personalities (but not our souls) and let them live on in a virtual world. So we’ll be able to read comments from our ancestors leave us on Facebook and follow the Twitter feeds of the illustrious deceased.

Basically, this all means that we’ll cease to be human. Which isn’t, in and of itself, a bad thing. We, as a species, have been human for quite a while. And it’s been a good run—we’ve created tile mosaics, skyscrapers, indoor carpeting, handjobs, artificial insulin. All sorts of neat stuff! Of course we’ve also had war, genocide, Billy Corgan, and terrorism. Terrible, horrible things, all of them. I suppose there’s no inherent harm in graduating to the next cosmic grade. It’ll be rough at first, for sure. There will be a learning curve. There always is. But we’ll get the hang of it, one way or another.

Into the futuremobile, humans.