I tend to think not. Every intellectual generation has resonated with the notion that the end of history was upon them. Mankind needs its imminent utopian horizon to focus on - a not so distant infinity of purpose, stretching off your line of sight in every direction. But however close you get to horizons they just keep on moving, indeed the horizon itself is a mere conceptual illusion - and so are all utopias.
Just as the religious devotee has God with which to maintain their future-purpose, the utopianist has the future with which to manifest their God. And in the singularity movement it is mankind itself which will become the God - a God of a theological nature not yet realised, but theological nontheless. The cult of science, of technology, of the power of the digital. Nietzsche never saw this coming...
I'm going to end here with a couple of authors I quote perhaps too often on The Huge Entity, but whom both bring rich insight into the conundrum of the human future from opposite perspectives. Tell me what you think...
On our 'virtual' futures:
On our biological origins:
"There is a positive fascination today with the virtual and all its technologies. If it genuinely is a mode of disappearance, this would be an - obscure, but deliberate - choice on the part of the species itself: the decision to clone itself, lock, stock and barrel, in another universe; to disappear as the human race, properly speaking, in order to perpetuate itself in an artificial species that would have much more efficient, much more operational attributes...taken from Passwords by Jean Baudrillard
...beyond the virtual, I see nothing but what Freud called 'nirvana', an exchange of molecular substance and nothing more. All that would remain would be a perfect wave system, which would join up with the system of particles in a purely physical universe that no longer had anything human, moral, or - obviously - metaphysical about it. In this way, we would have returned to a material stage, with a senseless circulation of the elements..."
I also posted a similar question over at Metafilter. There is a lot more to peruse on this concept there, but remember to come back and share your ideas!!
"Most people today think they belong to a species that can be master of its destiny. This is faith, not science. We do not speak of a time when whales or gorillas will be masters of their destinies. Why then humans?taken from Straw Dogs by John Gray
We do not need Darwin to see that we belong with other animals. A little observation of our lives soon leads to the same conclusion. Still, since science has today an authority that common experience cannot rival, let us note that Darwin teaches that species are only assemblies of genes, interacting at random with each other and their shifting environments. Species cannot control their fates. Species do not exist. This applies equally to humans. Yet it is forgotten whenever people talk of 'the progress of mankind'..."