Will the "nerdocalypse" kill design?

By way of teeing up a SXSW panel she will moderate, Johanna Blakely at the Norman Lear Center for Entertainment at USC, wonders aloud about the future of design. Her speculation about the trends buffeting the field provokes, but it's her detour into the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil's prediction of point in time when humanity essentially directs its own evolution, that is the real reason for this post.

I've never heard anyone ask how the "nerdocalypse" might affect designers.

Kurzweil, by the way, also spoke at the 2006 IdeaFestival on "beyond biology."

Hat tip: Frog Design