With the way technology is accelerating, at least according to Ray Kurzweil, it's obvious that mankind and its machine/cyborg counterparts will be able to do some pretty cool things. We might even be able to obtain some sort of immortality. But would it be true immortality? I mean, the universe itself is going to eventually fizzle out and die, right? At least, assuming no artificial intervention? Kurzweil predicts that, after the singularity, human/machine civilization will ultimately spread out to the rest of the universe at the speed of light, convert all "dumb" matter into computational substrates. He predicts that this hyperintelligent civilization will be able to circumvent or even change the laws of physics, thermodynamics, etc. Essentially, he predicts that human civilization will eventually make the universe "wake up" and prevent its demise, whether it's through heat death or a "Big rip". Do you think his predictions hold any water?