For a while there, yes…
We were nearing a brick wall in terms of technology due to the fact that we couldn’t make smaller computer chips because of overheating issues. We were reaching our limitations in the materials used…and there was fear that we wouldn’t be able to continue progression up until the creation of graphene. Now, nanotechnology and all the hopes we’ve had for the future are back on the table…including many things we didn’t even think of involving alternative energy and the like.
We’re very close to biological immortality. There has been a serum developed that reverses the aging process in mice and brings them back to a prime age of youth, and it’s likely to do the same in humans. We’ve also discovered that a transfusion of young blood will regenerate the body, also doing similar in terms of reversing the aging process. My ex girlfriend’s ex boyfriend has sickle cell and he requires regular blood transfusions. He’s over 30 years old and looks like he’s 16…he wasn’t even supposed to live to be 20, but he looks like a 16 year old kid.
Aside from that, stem cell research is making leaps and bounds…the ability to create organs, blood, repair nerves, almost anything you could ever imagine is becoming a possibility.
Soon…we’ll be biological gods, we’re very close…if we don’t fuck things up. Solar energy is making a huge step forward and could prevent the devastation that our oil dependance has brought us…or rather, stave off the extreme devastation and keep it at a minimal.
Things are now progressing quickly and looking good, NASA is working on a warp drive engine that could take us to the next star system in two weeks…so yeah, we’re getting there. We had a speed bump, but we’re rolling now.