Some still worship the moon, we have been there.
The ancient Egyptians worshipped the stars. Now, we are planning to build colonies on them - mars in particular
Leonardo da Vinci dreamt of the automaton, a machine created to perform tasks. We now have robots and artificial intelligence. See Boston Dynamic's big dog and SpotMini.
I think for me the eternal appeal of robotics is that we can create parts of life itself. Using mathematics, the language of nature, we can speak to the universe to connect to the very essence of reality, calling forth that ancient creative power to mold our reality.
We might just have a computer based life form soon.
Then there is quantum mechanics often called the Physics of God. Quantum mechanics has shown us the dual nature of reality where matter is both a particle and a wave (energy). Until we observe the world, it exists only as probabilities being everything and nothing, everywhere and nowhere. Only by observing do we force reality to take shape.
We are creating quantum computers capable of immense amounts of computation that can analyse some of the most complex patterns. Lockheed Martin's is already using D-waves to test jet software that is currently too complex for classical computers.
The elixir of immortality, also known as the fountain of life or the philosopher's stone has been sort after by many through out the ages.
Google is researching the cure to death and their work is based on the fact that ageing is caused by the accumulation of genetic defects and the shortening of telomeres during cellular mitosis. But during fetal development, an enzyme called telomerase aids in tail repair of telomere strands. After birth, this enzyme is deactivated. In theory, we can be immortal or at least live much longer if we can find an “on-switch” for telomerase.
Many people are praying for miracles without realising modern life itself is a miracle. What a time to be alive!
(To myself, I am only a child playing on the beach whilst the vast ocean of truth lie undiscovered before me - Isaac Newton)