Are we approaching a post-lens-design world? We might be.
Lots of stuff is easily correctable in post these days, and quite small sensor sizes are becoming increasingly useful. Anyone can design a lens that covers a chip the size of a fingernail. If the chip goes to ISO 1,000,000 and I can add shallow DoF in post, who cares about full frame or medium format anything any more? You can make the lenses out of plastic, if you use 10 modules and computationally push the results together.
Are people designing really outré lenses out there based on what is and is not easily correctable? Can one build a 2000mm f/16 lens with a ton of correctable aberrations for $200? That would be wicked cool. Is anyone trying it out, or is it all about making the kit zoom (which isn't a very interesting lens, ultimately) very very very cheaply, still?
It's sort of a shame, because, really, who doesn't love dorking around measuring immensely heavy pieces of superbly engineered stuff? Even I kind of dig it. But those days are winding down.