I see it as more of a "beginning of times".
My personal theory is that as the mass of information ala the internet grows exponentially, it will become "self aware".
Many scientists agree that in any complex system, spontaneous mutations to higher levels of organization happen.
Who knows, a sentient AI might be out there right now on the 'net.
2012 to me is the apex of the curve where technology spins off into infinity.
What does this mean for us humans?
Imagine being able to download your consciousness into a computer. The human brain runs at around 100 hertz ... now imagine that inside of a 10
gigahertz processor...seconds would seem like tens of thousands of years.
Literally, time will be "meaningless" ... thus, "the end of time as we know it"
About to die? How about use those remaining 10 minutes of human-form and download into a computer and exist for 100,000 years as various people and
animals before actually being "dead" in this reality.
No, the world will not blow up...yes, many people are going to die (as do currently)...but "the end of time" is not what many people seem to think
The end of time is just that, the end. We as humans will have to adopt a new perspective on reality.
We are giving birth to the next generation of "life" on this planet. Each species only serves to produce a better version of itself, to literally
"out date and make obsolete" themselves. Our technology is our creation, our contribution to the Gaian super-consciousness of the planet.
Earth is trying to become self-aware...the arteries (fiber optics) and neurons (servers) are all being put into place.
And we, the lucky humans of this age--have a front row seat to see it being born.